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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.

This Week in Gambling: Online gambling live in California (sorta)
California recently took its first online bet for real money. However, it's not as exciting as it may sound, although it is a positive step. Also, another state has regulated fantasy sports as MGM launches another online casinos. Plus, a sports betting conference is coming to America, and another Black Friday case wraps up.

Nektan accepts first mobile bet in California
The provider has launched its series of Evolve in-venue mobile games with a tribal casino in California.

This Week in Gambling: The same ol' story in Pennsylvania and California
Every year the industry waits for Pennsylvania and California to pass gambling expansion bills, holding out hope for more online gambling in the U.S. Every year, we're disappointed. What's the current situation in these two states?

This Week in Gambling: No online poker for California in 2017
It's barely May and already the online poker question in California is dead for the year. In fact, the situation is so bad it looks as if they plan to scrap the entire legislation and start over. Also, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will meet with Nevada Governor Sandoval and free liquor in Las Vegas may soon be a thing of the past.

APCW Perspectives: Poker news from Europe and California
This has been a week filled with online poker news, including major announcements out of Europe and California. J. Todd is also covering stories from Poland and Australia.

Top 10 US states to watch for iGaming legislation in 2017
Legalizing online gambling is never easy, which is why we have to hand it to these 10 states for even <i>trying.</i> Whether their attempts will be successful remains to be seen, but we're optimistic.

National Indian Gaming Association will honor casting director with Chairman's Leadership Award
Native American Film and Television Casting Director Tricia Wood will receive the award during the Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention in San Diego, California.

APCW Perspectives: New Year's online gambling stories
Christmas is over, the New Year has been ushered in and we're back with some gambling stories from Australia and Russia. Also, some important industry news from the U.S. states of California and Pennsylvania.

This Week in Gambling: New Year gambling news from California, Pennsylvania and Ohio
We return in 2017 with lots of news, including internet poker for California, online gambling for Pennsylvania and fantasy sports for Ohio.

Top 10 Casino City storylines from 2016
What do eSports, political betting and paid parking have in common? They're all part of a surprising year in the gambling industry. Casino City has gathered together ten of the top story lines from 2016.

Trends for US online gambling forecasted through 2020
Growth in the 34-and-younger population and the rise of non-mobile computer device usage has been predicted by global market research firm Technavio.

APCW Perspectives: Gambling news from North America and Europe
This week, J. Todd returns with stories out of California and Quebec, as well as online gambling news from Greece, France and the U.K.

This Week in Gambling: California online poker dead for 2016
This week in gambling, the online poker bill for California has been shelved for 2016, leaving online poker players to wait for next year. Plus, online gambling news from Ireland and the Olympics, as well as the Philippines and online gambling.

APCW Perspectives: Rival unraveling?
This week, more Rival powered casinos are shutting their doors without warning, and affiliates are not being offered any reason. What's next? Plus, industry news from bitcoin and California online poker.

This Week in Gambling: CA online poker and MA fantasy sports
This week in gambling, there's been some significant movement in regard to online poker legislation in California, and not everyone is happy about it. Plus, Massachusetts has become the latest state to regulate fantasy sports.

PPA opposes proposed iPoker bill amendments
John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, urged lawmakers to reject potential changes to AB 2863, stating the amendments could restrict competition and cause player dissatisfaction.

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 the previous year.

No progress was made on the bill in 2018, meaning online gambling in California is dead until 2019 at the earliest.


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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.

This Week in Gambling: Online gambling live in California (sorta)
California recently took its first online bet for real money. However, it's not as exciting as it may sound, although it is a positive step. Also, another state has regulated fantasy sports as MGM launches another online casinos. Plus, a sports betting conference is coming to America, and another Black Friday case wraps up.

Nektan accepts first mobile bet in California
The provider has launched its series of Evolve in-venue mobile games with a tribal casino in California.

This Week in Gambling: The same ol' story in Pennsylvania and California
Every year the industry waits for Pennsylvania and California to pass gambling expansion bills, holding out hope for more online gambling in the U.S. Every year, we're disappointed. What's the current situation in these two states?

This Week in Gambling: No online poker for California in 2017
It's barely May and already the online poker question in California is dead for the year. In fact, the situation is so bad it looks as if they plan to scrap the entire legislation and start over. Also, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will meet with Nevada Governor Sandoval and free liquor in Las Vegas may soon be a thing of the past.

APCW Perspectives: Poker news from Europe and California
This has been a week filled with online poker news, including major announcements out of Europe and California. J. Todd is also covering stories from Poland and Australia.

Top 10 US states to watch for iGaming legislation in 2017
Legalizing online gambling is never easy, which is why we have to hand it to these 10 states for even <i>trying.</i> Whether their attempts will be successful remains to be seen, but we're optimistic.

National Indian Gaming Association will honor casting director with Chairman's Leadership Award
Native American Film and Television Casting Director Tricia Wood will receive the award during the Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention in San Diego, California.

APCW Perspectives: New Year's online gambling stories
Christmas is over, the New Year has been ushered in and we're back with some gambling stories from Australia and Russia. Also, some important industry news from the U.S. states of California and Pennsylvania.

This Week in Gambling: New Year gambling news from California, Pennsylvania and Ohio
We return in 2017 with lots of news, including internet poker for California, online gambling for Pennsylvania and fantasy sports for Ohio.

Top 10 Casino City storylines from 2016
What do eSports, political betting and paid parking have in common? They're all part of a surprising year in the gambling industry. Casino City has gathered together ten of the top story lines from 2016.

Trends for US online gambling forecasted through 2020
Growth in the 34-and-younger population and the rise of non-mobile computer device usage has been predicted by global market research firm Technavio.

APCW Perspectives: Gambling news from North America and Europe
This week, J. Todd returns with stories out of California and Quebec, as well as online gambling news from Greece, France and the U.K.

This Week in Gambling: California online poker dead for 2016
This week in gambling, the online poker bill for California has been shelved for 2016, leaving online poker players to wait for next year. Plus, online gambling news from Ireland and the Olympics, as well as the Philippines and online gambling.

APCW Perspectives: Rival unraveling?
This week, more Rival powered casinos are shutting their doors without warning, and affiliates are not being offered any reason. What's next? Plus, industry news from bitcoin and California online poker.

This Week in Gambling: CA online poker and MA fantasy sports
This week in gambling, there's been some significant movement in regard to online poker legislation in California, and not everyone is happy about it. Plus, Massachusetts has become the latest state to regulate fantasy sports.

PPA opposes proposed iPoker bill amendments
John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, urged lawmakers to reject potential changes to AB 2863, stating the amendments could restrict competition and cause player dissatisfaction.

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