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Online poker to be legalized in California for 2009?

by AintLuck.com Poker Team

California Intrastate Online Poker Act

The very liberal state of California, who already is host to dozens of legal card rooms, may just be the catalyst to bring legalized online poker to the rest of the US. Under a bill called the Gambling Control/California Intrastate Online Poker Act, which is asking for a study to understand the impact of regulating and taxing online poker in California, this could become a reality.

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The bill was authored by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine and seeks to establish a baseline number that the state could expect to receive in taxes if they were to allow and regulate companies such as PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker in the state of California. Originally introduced in February the bill has been put on the inactive legislative file so that they can shore up some of their arguments and get the bill passed in 2009. If enough people get behind this bill, it could see the light of day in 2009 and the first online poker site could open up as soon as 2010.

“”It’s about trying to set up a system to allow people the freedom to play poker on the Internet,” Levine told the Gaming Industry Media in an interview. “So we hope to have this bill passed through the legislature by the end of August and signed into law in the fall. My hope is that it would go into effect in January of next year.”

Assuming this is a big win for the online poker industry and California is the first state to legalize online poker, do you think the rest of the US would follow? If not, would you be willing to move to California to play your game in a regulated, legal environment? There are many unanswered questions as to how this would play out logistically but this could start the fire and spread across the US. It could be a major win for us all so keep an eye out for this in 2009.

USA Online PokerThere are many online poker sites that still allow US poker players including Full Tilt, PokerStars, Absolute Poker, Carbon Poker, and Cake Poker.

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