California to lead the way to legalising online poker?
The state of California is well known for their trendsetting ways and it seems as though their progressive attitude may provide the first breakthrough for online poker in the USA.
The state government is looking at ways of generating more income and have seen the potential revenue that online poker can bring. To this end they have indicated that they may consider regulating online poker in the state.
In an interview with the LA Times, senator Roderick Wright said that the state had already pencilled in a meeting on the issue for February. Indeed, fellow senator Dean Florez commented: “I think it (online poker) is workable and a potential source of new income.
How you structure it is the key.” The Morongo Band of Mission Indians and the Commerce Casino are two of the biggest players backing the regulation of online poker and it seems that their stature within the gambling industry has helped bring the issue to the forefront of the state’s conscience.
Currently there are more than one million Californians playing online poker through offshore clients which means a huge amount of potential tax revenue is being lost. If talks in February are positive then it could be good news for America in general and go some way to repealing the UIGEA sanctions currently preventing Americans from playing online poker.