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Daniel Negreanu To Push For California Regulated Online Poker In Sacramento

Negreanu, Jason Somerville, To Hold 'Media Briefing'


Poker pros Daniel Negreanu and Jason Somerville will be in Sacramento on Thursday to host a “media briefing” on behalf of PokerStars, just a day after lawmakers in the Golden State meet to talk more about potentially legalizing and regulating online poker.

Last month, one of several online poker bills on the table in the state advanced out of a legislative committee. It was the first time any California lawmaker had ever voted on an online poker bill, so it was a huge milestone and provides some real hope for legalization this year or next year. It’s still no sure bet, though, given disagreement about who should be allowed to offer I-poker.

Negreanu, who hails from Canada and lives in Las Vegas, will be hosting the media briefing, along with an online poker demo, at the Legislative Office Building, in Hearing Rm. 100, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. The idea is to “discuss online poker in detail, including consumer protections and the PokerStars platform,” the company said in a press release.

The site, which was bought last year by Amaya Gaming Group, is one of many potential players in an intrastate California regulated online poker market. California is considered the most lucrative web poker market in the country, in part thanks to its huge population.

Negreanu made the announcement Monday on his Twitter: