The fight for online poker legalization has just escalated. A group of casino operators which include Commerce Casino, Bicycle Club, Hollywood Park Casino, as well as operators of American Indian gaming facilities, including the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians have taken over the radio and television air waves with ads. The ads are by the California Online Poker Association, and urge the public as well as lawmakers to legalize online poker in California. The ads started airing in the Sacramento area this week.
The opposition has reacted and responded as a result of these ads, and is pressuring legislation to table the proposal for the year. With less than one month before the deadline for legislators to act on the bills this year, the pressure is definitely on, and the outcome is much anticipated.
The California Online Poker Association has expressed that legalizing online poker would be beneficial to the State. The reason being is that tax revenue could help the state from making deep budget cuts.
A spokesman for the California Online Poker Association, Ryan Hightower said “Online poker will provide California with $250 million dollars immediately and billions more in the future.’’
The opposition is the California Tribal Business Alliance, who was recently joined by other American Indian tribes. They have argued that online poker could take customers away from the brick and mortar casinos.
Many people prefer the convenience of online gambling over going to brick and mortar casinos, but that doesn’t meant people will stop going to these establishments altogether. It seems like the gambling market needs to expand in the United States, if they want to continually collect revenue from gambling.