Is online gambling coming to California?
Could be. And that’s according to the Commissioner of California’s Gambling Control Commission, Richard Schuetz.
If so, don’t expect full-blown digital casinos. It’s most likely that the initial wave of online gambling will be limited exclusively to poker.
“We have 38 million people,” Schuetz said. “We’re the eighth largest economy in the world. We’re bigger than Canada, so it’s not a case like Nevada that has 2.7 million people. We have more poker tables in the state of California than every other state in the nation.”
Poker Update reports that there’s a strong possibility that a bill legalizing online poker may be introduced in the state and passed next year.
If poker would be the only game offered online in California, the high population could help lead to decent traffic numbers on state poker sites, provided they are of good quality. Two poker sites – Ultimate Poker and WSOP – currently operate in the neighboring state of Nevada, which has a population of just 2.7 million people.
To read the full report from Poker Update, click here.