California Internet poker bills shelved again
Californians hoping to legally play poker online will have to wait at least another year.
Lawmakers have shelved bills that would have created a legal Internet poker system for players within California, making this the fifth year in a row in which theyve publicly flirted with the idea without casting a vote.
Internet poker is a very important public policy for the state of California and once its done and signed into law its going to be with us for at least 30, 40 years. So we want to make sure we do it right, said Sen. Lou Correa, a Santa Ana Democrat who carried a bill to allow Internet poker.
Instead of passing something that Im not comfortable with, were not going to move ahead at this time.
Californias gambling interests have been negotiating over the issue for years. Earlier this summer, most of the states casino-owning Indian tribes announced an agreement on how Internet poker could work. But the powerful Morongo tribe remained opposed, as did major card rooms. The effort also faced opposition from U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Las Vegas casino owner Sheldon Adelson.
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