The news in the online casino gambling industry in recent years has been absolutely dominated by California’s massive push for online poker to be legalized in the United States, and this month is absolutely no exception. The state has made a number of attempts, but time and time again opponents to the potential legislation rear their heads and ruin all the fun.
Some of the most spoken about opposition to online gambling has been from the various indigenous Native American tribes around the state, who claim that their land-based casinos are likely to be affected. One argument is that they are more than welcome to set up their own US online casinos once the bill passes.
And so again we come to that familiar situation where a bill is on the table, this time being backed by none other than the state senate. In an effort to keep the Indians happy ten year licenses are being offered to the many tribal casinos in the area, in addition to horse racing establishments and card clubs.
For those with minds continually set on online gambling, then the all new bill known as SB1463 could potentially be the ticket; offering to make online poker completely legal to residents of California. Any winnings will of course be taxed, making this a potential winner for the government too. A whopping 10 percent of all revenue (and that’s gross profit, for the record) to the state, and as if that wasn’t enough players will be required to provide their Social Security number in order to prove beyond any shadow of a doubt that they are indeed legal Californian gamblers of at least 21 years.
To top it all off, all players will have to pay taxes on their taxes too. It almost seems like too much effort to gamble when they make it that much of a pain… Almost.