Thursday April 14,2016 : NEW CALIFORNIA POKER HEARING SCHEDULED (Update)
Pokerstars alliance issues statement in support of AB 2863.
The wide range of interested parties in the legalization of online poker in California will be preparing for the next round of debate on Wednesday April 20, when the California Assembly Governmental Organization (GO) Committee has scheduled a hearing to discuss Assemblyman Adam Gray's bill AB2863.
Preparing the ground for their views, the Pokerstars Coalition, comprising the Morongo Band of Mission Indians; the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; the United Auburn Indian Community (UIAC); the Commerce Casino, the Hawaiian Gardens Casino, and the Bicycle Casino issued a statement this week thanking Assemblyman Gray and noting:
"On behalf of a broad coalition of tribal governments, card clubs and online operators, we write in support of your AB 2863, your bill to protect consumers, create jobs, and strengthen our state’s economy by authorizing and regulating intrastate Internet Poker in California.
"Authorizing online poker will be good for millions of consumers and poker players who will benefit from a safe, regulated, commercial gaming environment where they are protected and assured that the games are fair and honest.
"We are proud to support this bill which would establish a vibrant, competitive marketplace, provide superior consumer protections, require strict oversight and regulation of licensees and service providers, and ensure that the state receives a reasonable return.
"Our coalition has worked closely with legislators and other interested parties to thoroughly vet this policy issue since 2008. After years of research and deliberation, your leadership has produced a bill with broad support from California’s Indian tribes, the larger gaming community, and internet poker players.
"We are optimistic that with your continued leadership and direct consultations with interested parties, this comprehensive piece of legalization can reach Governor Brown’s desk and earn his signature."