Jul 14, 2015 |

California Assemblyman Reschedules iPoker Bill for August Hearing

So you’re saying there’s a chance? A week after pulling it from a July 8th hearing, California Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer announced his online poker bill, AB 167, has been rescheduled. Jones-Sawyer’s bill will be heard at an August hearing in front of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee according to EGR North America. The exact date […]

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Jul 9, 2015 |

Hope All But Gone After Online Poker Bills Pulled From CA Hearing

Following the removal of Mike Gatto’s AB 9 and Reggie Jones-Sawyer’s AB 167 online poker bills from a Wednesday hearing, it’s time to start writing the obituary for California’s online poker hopes in 2015. Just be sure to end it with the same line that has accompanied the past six obituaries, “Next year looks promising.” […]

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Jun 24, 2015 |

Today’s Hearing a Barometer for California Online Poker

A hearing slated to take place in front of the California Assembly Governmental Organization Committee on Wednesday afternoon should provide a clear picture of online poker’s chances in 2015. View the full agenda here. The hearing is slated to take place at 1:30 PM PST (4:30 PM on the East Coast) and will be chaired […]

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May 29, 2015 |

Legislative Scramble: PA Op-Ed and 2nd CA Committee Ok’s AB 431

Welcome to the first installment of Bluff’s weekly overview of the progress of online gaming legislation in the United States. Not surprisingly, Pennsylvania and California continue to dominate the online gaming headlines and will therefore feature prominently in this column, as both states continue to work towards passage of an online gaming bill. Even though […]

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May 27, 2015 |

Pechanga Rescinds Neutrality to California Online Poker Bill

The California Assembly Appropriations Committee will vote on AB 431, Adam Gray’s online poker bill that unanimously passed (20-0) the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee on April 27. The bill’s fate in the Appropriations Committee has suddenly become far less certain, as AB 431 lost a crucial bloc of support this week. First reported by GamblingCompliance’s […]

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May 18, 2015 |

PokerStars Ramps Up Lobbying Efforts in California

*Update 5/19/2015:  The PokerStars demo and Play-For-Fun online tournament with pros Daniel Negreanu and Jason Somerville is being moved from the Sheraton to the Legislative Office Building, Hearing Rm. 100. The press briefing time slot remains the same, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The “open house” from 10 a.m. – noon has been canceled for now. Original […]

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May 15, 2015 |

New York Latest State to Introduce Online Poker Bill

First reported by Chris Grove of OnlinePokerReport.com, New York State Senator John Bonacic has reintroduced legislation to legalize online poker in the Empire State. Bonacic introduced S 5302, a bill that would amend current New York laws to allow certain forms of interactive poker games, on May 13, 2015. New York was one of a […]

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May 5, 2015 |

Online Gaming Expansion Talks Heat Up Heading Into Summer

Wave 2 of online gaming expansion in the United States may soon be upon us. This is a significant development considering the first wave of regulated online gaming in the U.S. occurred back in 2013. Nevada was the first state to go live in late April followed by Delaware and New Jersey in October and […]

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Apr 24, 2015 |

California Online Poker Update: Consensus Remains Elusive

Pechanga Chairman Marc Macarro didn’t mince words when it came to the tribe’s stances on online poker issues at the recently concluded GIGse Conference in San Francisco, California. “The only entities that can play poker in California are Indian tribes and card clubs, period,” Macarro stated during a panel discussion, per Online Poker Report’s Dave […]

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Mar 12, 2015 |

Pechanga Coalition Continues to Oppose Racetracks and PokerStars

On Wednesday a tribal coalition spearheaded by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians sent a letter to Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer and key members of the California legislature opposing Jones-Sawyer’s online poker bill AB 167. The letter begins with: “The Tribal Governments shown on this letter write to advise you of our united opposition to your […]

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Feb 20, 2015 |

New Online Poker Bills Coming to the California Senate and Assembly

On Thursday Chris Grove of OnlinePokerReport.com broke the news that California Assemblyman Adam Gray and State Senator Isadore Hall III were planning to introduce a compromise online poker bill in both the California Assembly and Senate. This puts the total number of online poker bills currently awaiting action in California at three (four if you […]

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Jan 23, 2015 |

Bad Actor Clause Absent from New California Online Poker Bill

On Thursday evening California Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer  introduced an online poker bill dubbed The Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act of 2015. The bill is a marked departure in several key areas from other recent efforts, including Jones-Sawyer’s 2014 iPoker legislation and Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s bill introduced in December. In conjunction with the release of the […]

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