Horse race tracks in California have been one of the main opponents to legalized online poker in the state of California. Why? Because, if the the tribal casinos get their way, race tracks will be cut out of the market or vastly marginalized. However, with the latest bill introduced in the California legislature, that may all be changing.
While most of the news regarding sports betting in the United States comes out of New Jersey, online poker is quietly becoming a reality around the nation. California is the latest state to push hard for legalization, with lawmakers introducing four bills in 2015 alone, and efforts to legalize online poker dating back to 2008.
Online poker legislation in California has been on the table for years, but disagreements between a number of players have – so far – kept online gaming from becoming a reality in the Golden State. However, news that rival American Indian casinos are beginning to cooperate with each other may be a good sign for online gamblers in California.