Online Poker in California

The Golden State

Regulated Online Poker California.

California also is the Golden State when it comes to online poker. Almost 12% of the total US population that is 21 or older lives here and before Black Friday California alone stood for 4% of the world’s online poker revenue. The Golden State is known as a bit of a trend setter. So it is no surprise many poker enthusiasts think that online poker will kick off for real in the US when the Golden State decides to regulate it. And the question is when rather than if.

There’s still a lot of work to be done here though. California held an online poker hearing bringing the state’s Indian tribes to a consensus and what to do about a “bad actor” clause.
PokerStars and their ally, dispute that the bad actor clause would limit competition which in turn would mean a smaller amount of tax revenue. Opposing tribes believe that all sites that operated in the US after the UIEGA should be punished. In the beginning of June 2014, 13 California tribes came to an agreement on a proposed online poker bill. Who was opposing this agreement? PokerStars and their partners, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Bicycle Casino, Commerce Club and Hawaiian Gardens Casino. The key point in the proposed bill that caused the conflict was of course a bad actor clause that would shut out sites, among them PokerStars. Fortunately for PokerStars, they have the Morongo Indians and the three biggest card clubs in California on their side.

Many believe that the Golden State will be the fourth state in the US to regulate online poker after New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware. Time will tell if this will be the case, but undoubtedly they have gotten pretty far in the regulation process. Unfortunately for the rest of the US they belong to the states that could survive on their own, without joining an interstate network and sharing player pools.

Online Poker Status
    Regulated online poker is under consideration in this state
Population 21 or older 25.6 Million
Proportion of total US population 11,89%
Live Poker Yes
Estimated year for online regulation 2015
Probability - Interstate agreement 5%

Top Poker News & Articles for California


Can Daniel Negreanu convince California to let PokerStars in?

PokerStars’ entry into the future California online poker market is still a point of contention as the legislation discussion continues. But can Daniel Negreanu finally help convince California lawmakers and tribal gaming interests that PokerStars definitely belongs in the Golden State? The 6-time WSOP champion and Jason Somerville are headed to the state’s capital, Sacramento, […]

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Huge Change to California Online Poker Bill

Not long ago, the California online poker bill known as AB 431 passed through the state’s Governmental Organization Committee for the first time in history. This was no doubt a historic occasion that shows how serious the Golden State is about online poker. However, the main catch is that this is only a shell bill […]

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Tribal Letter shows PokerStars still not Welcome in California

Even as we enter the spring of 2015, it appears that certain tribes’ views of PokerStars participating in the California online poker market haven’t changed. This much was confirmed by a tribal coalition’s letter sent to Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, author of online poker bill AB 167, which claims that his legislation is “fatally flawed.” That […]

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New Jersey

Pala not ready to compete with PokerStars in New Jersey

Pala Interactive was ready to enter the New Jersey online poker market in the third quarter of this year. However, those plans are now being shelved largely because Pala believes PokerStars will soon be entering the market and they can’t compete with Stars right now. Jim Ryan, the company’s CEO, explained to that Pala’s […]

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Pennsylvania Online Poker Bill gets Big Change after “Printer’s Error”

Those tired of watching the ping-pong battle over California’s online poker bill finally got a breath of fresh air when Pennsylvania recently introduced iPoker legislation. Dubbed Bill HB 649 and introduced by State Sen. John Payne, this legislation originally sought to only legalize online poker. And for those who love poker above all other gaming, […]

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