Online poker could be LEGALISED in California in less than a year.
Bill AB2026 — also known as the California Gambling Control/Intrastate Online Poker Legalization Act — goes to the State Senate Appropriations Committee in August and could become law as soon as next January if a full Senate vote goes its way.
If it does, California would make HISTORY as the first state to regulate and legalise online poker for its residents.
The proposed new law exploits a clause in current internet gambling restrictions that allow for in-state poker under certain conditions. Online gambling is effectively BANNED across America by three federal laws which are widely flouted.
“We hope to have this bill passed through the legislature by the end of August and signed into law in the fall,” said Anthony “Tuff Fish” Sandstrom, a professional poker player and California resident.
“My hope is that it would go into effect in January of next year.”
Late last year Sandstrom began a petition calling for State-run online poker for Californians but later withdrew despite the measure being GIVEN THE NOD by the State government and scheduled for a vote in February.