California Gaming Association Endorses Online Poker Bill

06 January 2011

Senate Bill 40, State Senator Lou Correa’s bill that wants to authorize online poker in California got a major endorsement today. The California Gaming Association (CGA) which is the representative of 69 licensed card rooms within the state announced its support of the bill.

The 69 card room the CGA represents accounts for more than 75% of the total rooms in California. The Executive Director of CGA, Rob Ross said,

“Senate Bill 40 will help revitalize the state’s economy while protecting players. This bill is an opportunity for licensed card clubs to participate in a new and rapidly evolving technology, should they elect to do so.”

The CGA cited a couple reasons why they support SB40. They believe it will keep the online poker generated revenues in California where it is needed the most and there are provisions in the bill that establish a safe and secure option for online poker players.

California estimates there are over 2 million weekly online poker players there and SB40 calls for strict regulations of the operators of the online poker sites themselves thus lending the protection against possible fraud and theft.

Senator Lou Correa said of the endorsement,

“I’m honored to have the support of the California Gaming Association behind SB 40. The growing support for this legislation shows that now is the time for California to engage by creating a legal and safe environment for our residents who play online poker while also generating new revenues and jobs for our state.”

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