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California Online Poker Hearing Postponed

Hearing Hasn't Yet Been Reschedule

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The first of four scheduled online poker hearings in California has been removed from today’s calendar and currently doesn’t have a new date, according to the Poker Players Alliance.

Wednesday’s hearing was titled “Gambling: Internet poker” and was going to feature discussion on AB 431, one of four proposals, from four men, on the table in the Golden State.

California isn’t expected to legalize online poker this year or next year, but this month could feature a historic vote on an online poker bill, according to an op-ed written by the PPA’s John Pappas. The op-ed was posted Wednesday on California-based mercedsunstar.com.

No California legislator has ever voted on an online poker proposal.

Given the slow legislative process and the time it takes to craft regulations, test technology and so on, a California online poker site probably won’t debut until 2019 or 2020 at the earliest.

In the meantime, Pennsylvania has positioned itself as the state most likely to legalize and regulate online poker next. Just Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey have online poker right now.