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   Saturday, July 13 2024 
The first online poker hearing postponed - California

Earlier this week, it was announced that a hearing on behalf of online poker legalization in California was slated to take place. Scheduled on Wednesday, the said hearing to discuss about the state’s four online poker proposals has just been postponed for Monday. As a reminder, it will deal with AB 431, a bill that was introduced to the Assembly in February by Assembly member Adam Gray. The bill will be discussed in Sacramento under the watchful eyes of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee.

Certainly, the legalization of Internet poker in California will not be fully established this year or the next one. However, the holding of such hearing is, undoubtedly, a promising step forwards into the target. Recall that California is the most-populated state in the US. It is actually home to an gigantic and active poker community, all hoping to have ipoker industry legalized in the state. Since no political figure representing California has ever voted on such initiative, chance appears to be thick these days. But the real issue blocking the process towards ipoker legalization in California is the tough compromise that local tribal casino operators impose. That said, Pennsylvania could outstrip California in the Internet poker legalization race. It is hoped that the Restoration of America's Wire Act (RAWA) bill will not be passed. In fact, federal lawmakers on Capitol Hill now consider the Sheldon Adelson-backed nation-wide online poker ban.

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