iGaming and online poker is currently still illegal in California, despite efforts to move to a legalized and regulated industry within the sunshine state.

Back in early 2017 lawmakers in California introduced legislation that would legalize online poker in the state. Unfortunately due to in-fighting within the state between indigenous tribes and land-based card rooms about how best to run and manage a regulated online poker industry—which has rumbled on for years— a stale mate remains with no progress made to passing the legislation and non likely for 2018. With around 70 tribal casino and 80 card rooms in the state of California it requires much debate and agreement to be able to move any online poker provision forward.

However, with Pennsylvania coming online in the latter part of 2018 hopefully it will re-stoke the fire for legalization to be bought back to the table.

If California were ever to come online it would be game changing for the US online poker industry as a whole, as the state has around 40 million people — which would inject much needed life blood into the online poker eco-system.

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PokerStars has unveiled the schedule for New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOOP). This will be PokerStars’ fifth online tournament series in the…
PokerStars NJ Championship of Online Poker Guarantees $1 Million, Three Platinum Passes

This year’s NJCOOP features 47 events including a $86 Moneymaker Tour Online Event and over $1 million in guarantees.


The 10th stop of the Moneymaker PSPC Tour, a small stakes US poker tour celebrating the rise in popularity of poker that resulted from Chris Moneymaker’s…
PokerStars’ Moneymaker PSPC Tour Adds Run It Up Reno As Its 10th Stop

Small stakes US poker tour commemorates the 15th anniversary of Chris Moneymaker’s improbable rise to the top of the poker world.


iGaming and online poker is currently still illegal in California, despite efforts to move to a legalized and regulated industry within the sunshine state.
Online Poker in California: Independent Guide for Players

iGaming and online poker is currently still illegal in California, despite efforts to move to a legalized and regulated…


The  2nd Annual Global Poker Index American Poker Awards took place Thursday evening at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills California where both industry members…
Poker’s Night in the Spotlight: The Winners of the American Poker Awards

The 2nd Annual Global Poker Index American Poker Awards took place Thursday evening at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills…


In the wake of the  California Assembly passing a Daily Fantasy Sports bill that seeks to regulate DFS in the state, the Poker Player Alliance (PPA), a…
Is Online Poker Getting Lost in Daily Fantasy Sport’s Shadow?

The PPA wants to see all online gaming consumers protected in California, not just DFS players.


Few legislators have been more involved in the effort to legalize online poker in the state of California than State Assemblyman Mike Gatto: The issue has been…
California Assemblyman Mike Gatto Talks Online Poker

One of California’s most online poker-friendly lawmakers talks about bad actor provisions and player penalties for patronizing off shore sites.


As one of the online poker operators still accepting US customers in spite of the crackdown by US authorities on Black Friday, Winning Poker Network CEO Phil…
WPN CEO Phil Nagy: Legalized Poker is Overrated

Nagy’s lofty goal is to raise the offshore network into the global top five.


A million dollars may not be worth what it use to be, but in online poker it is still the big number which operators want use to headline their promotions.
Nothing Beats $1 Million in Online Poker Marketing

The possibility of making life changing sums of money is a big motivation for casual online poker players.


Daniel Negreanu just missed out on making this year’s November Nine in the World Series of Poker Main Event, but even after two months of grueling live…
Daniel Negreanu Brings Star Power To Online Poker Lobbying in California

A host of top PokerStars Team Pros are in California to get grass roots support for online poker.


Los Angeles, CA (July 17, 2015) – WPT Foundation™ and Pala Casino Spa & Resort, Northern San Diego County’s premier casino resort destination, today announced…
Pala Casino Spa & Resort to Host WPT Foundation Event to Benefit Special Olympics Southern California

WPT Foundation Pala Poker Open Runs Sept. 11-13, and Includes Appearances by WPT® Cast Members Mike Sexton, Vince Van Patten, and Lynn Gilmartin.


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