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Top 10 casino openings and expansions
There have been several casino openings and expansions taking place while the WSOP and World Cup happened that you may not know about or haven’t had the chance to attend yet.

Pala Casino Spa and Resort gives guest a 2018 Lexus
Julie N., a guest from Garden Grove, CA, won a 2018 Lexus RC 300, sponsored by Lexus of Escondido, Friday, 11 May.

KC and The Sunshine Band to perform at Pala's Starlight Theater
R&B/Funk legends KC and the Sunshine Band will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, 14 September, in the Starlight Theater at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort.

Pala RV Resort sponsoring bake-off
At the Pala Casino Spa and Resort, the top-rated Pala RV Resort (10/10*/10 by Good Sam*) will sponsor a Dessert Bake-Off, 20-21 July, that will offer fun prizes for the best desserts that RV guests bring that weekend.

Free June events at Pala Casino Spa and Resort
The California casino will continue its free events series in June featuring the 60+ Club at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, the underground wine CAVE on weekends and the new, expanded Luis Rey’s restaurant and lounge on Saturday, 30 June.

Gary Platt provides Pechanga Resort & Casino with slot chairs
The California casino was supplied 4,400 main floor slot chairs for the casino remodel from Gary Platt Manufacturing.

Pala announces Poker Room schedule for June
Southern California poker players will have more opportunities to win extra cash at Pala Casino Spa and Resort in June when the Poker Room will host its Hump Day No Limit tournaments.

Very Fortune-8 giveaway at Pala Casino Spa and Resort
Everyone will have the opportunity to win a share of $110,208 starting Friday, 8 June, until Saturday, 18 August at the California casino.

This Week in Gambling: Sports betting and online poker updates
J. Todd covers online poker news out of California, as well as the continuing story of U.S. sports betting reform.

APCW Perspectives: Closing loopholes in Australia
The Australian Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill has finally passed, closing loopholes in the law while putting an end to in-play sports betting and online poker. Also, industry news from California and New Jersey.

California

California has been trying since 2008 to pass online poker legislation, but the existing stakeholders in the state – the Native American tribes, horse tracks and commercial card rooms – haven't been able to agree on a course of action. That lack of consensus has doomed all proposed legislation to date, and the state has shown no interest in licensing and regulating online casino games.

In 2014, much like in 2013, two bills to regulate and license online poker were introduced. Just like in 2013, neither bill was voted on. The key sticking points in 2014 were the horse tracks and the bad actors clause.

In previous years, the bad actors clause was a provision designed to prevent PokerStars and other online gaming sites that had taken U.S. bets after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was passed in 2006 from entering the California market. In 2014, the bad actors clause was updated to apply to Amaya Gaming, which had purchased PokerStars.

Some card rooms and tribes want PokerStars to enter the market, but many do not. This is one of the many reasons online poker legislation has failed to gain traction.

The other big impediment to online poker in California is the inability of existing stakeholders to settle on a role, if any, for the horse racing industry. The horse tracks in California want to offer online poker, but most Native American tribes are adamantly opposed to giving the horse tracks any role in the online poker market. As a result, online poker legislation is at a standstill.

The effort to pass online poker legislation gained some momentum again in 2015. On 27 April 2015, the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee (GO) voted unanimously in favor of advancing AB 431, marking the first time an online poker bill received a committee vote in California.

In May 2015, AB 431 was released by the Assembly Appropriations Committee, thereby sending the bill to the Assembly floor. There were supposed to be three hearings on the bill in summer 2015, but the hearings were called off. The legalization of online poker in California in 2015 was officially off the table.

On 19 February 2016, Assemblyman Adam Gray introduced AB 2863 in an effort to regulate online poker.

The bill passed the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee on 27 April 2016, with a 19-0 vote. California's horse racing industry approved of the bill, which stated that the industry would receive up to $60 million per fiscal year from online poker revenue.

The California Assembly Appropriations Committee passed the bill on 22 June 2016, after the addition of several amendments, including a bad actor clause that aimed to exclude operators that accepted California poker players after UIGEA.

Despite momentum, the bill was shelved on 31 August 2016.

AB 1437, introduced in January 2016, was approved by the California Assembly and sent to the Senate, but ultimately faced insurmountable hurdles and failed to progress further. The bill would have regulated sports betting in the state.

In February 2017, the Internet Poker Consumer Protection act was introduced by Assembly member Reginald Jones-Sawyer. The legislation is similar to Assembly member Adam Gray's AB 2863, aiming to build on progress made last year.

In early 2018, California lawmakers indicated for the first time in several years that it was not introducing an online poker bill and would table the issue for the foreseeable future.

In July 2018, a group called Californians for Sports Betting filed a sports betting initiative,but it would not qualify until the 2020 election.

The state constitution prohibits sports betting and would require a voter referendum to make the change.

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California Jurisdiction News

Top 10 casino openings and expansions
There have been several casino openings and expansions taking place while the WSOP and World Cup happened that you may not know about or haven’t had the chance to attend yet.

Pala Casino Spa and Resort gives guest a 2018 Lexus
Julie N., a guest from Garden Grove, CA, won a 2018 Lexus RC 300, sponsored by Lexus of Escondido, Friday, 11 May.

KC and The Sunshine Band to perform at Pala's Starlight Theater
R&B/Funk legends KC and the Sunshine Band will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, 14 September, in the Starlight Theater at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort.

Pala RV Resort sponsoring bake-off
At the Pala Casino Spa and Resort, the top-rated Pala RV Resort (10/10*/10 by Good Sam*) will sponsor a Dessert Bake-Off, 20-21 July, that will offer fun prizes for the best desserts that RV guests bring that weekend.

Free June events at Pala Casino Spa and Resort
The California casino will continue its free events series in June featuring the 60+ Club at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, the underground wine CAVE on weekends and the new, expanded Luis Rey’s restaurant and lounge on Saturday, 30 June.

Gary Platt provides Pechanga Resort & Casino with slot chairs
The California casino was supplied 4,400 main floor slot chairs for the casino remodel from Gary Platt Manufacturing.

Pala announces Poker Room schedule for June
Southern California poker players will have more opportunities to win extra cash at Pala Casino Spa and Resort in June when the Poker Room will host its Hump Day No Limit tournaments.

Very Fortune-8 giveaway at Pala Casino Spa and Resort
Everyone will have the opportunity to win a share of $110,208 starting Friday, 8 June, until Saturday, 18 August at the California casino.

This Week in Gambling: Sports betting and online poker updates
J. Todd covers online poker news out of California, as well as the continuing story of U.S. sports betting reform.

APCW Perspectives: Closing loopholes in Australia
The Australian Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill has finally passed, closing loopholes in the law while putting an end to in-play sports betting and online poker. Also, industry news from California and New Jersey.

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