As we know, online poker is coming back to the U.S., one state at a time. One of the largest states with a vibrant player pool is the great state of California, home to a number of popular land-based card rooms like Commerce and Bay 101. But the big question is—when will the Golden State get gaming online?
According to an article published by SFGate, the online arm of the San Francisco Chronicle, experts believe that the online target date is in 2015. A number of factors come in to play when dealing with the politics of regulating online poker in California, including the need for tax revenue, the strength of the Indian Tribes and 2014 being an election year.
“I don’t have any doubt we’ll have legal online poker in California,” says Whittier Law School Professor I. Nelson Rose, a specialist in gambling law. “Only politics is preventing it.”
In fact, the success of Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware could be dwarfed by CA regulation, according to well-known D.C. iGaming attorney Jeff Ifrah.
While it is not expected for CA to regulate full iGaming, a special carve out for poker looks to be on the horizon. For the full article, check out the write-up over at SFGate.