Could Legalized Online Poker Save Racetracks In California?

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Could Legalized Online Poker Save Racetracks In CaliforniaAs California continues to explore the ways in which online poker can be beneficial for the state as a whole, California Assembly Governmental Organization Committee and Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians chairman Mark Macarro suggests a similar approach to how New Jersey is sharing their online gambling revenues with racetracks.

With three California race tracks recently closing their doors, there is area of opportunity in helping racetracks when it comes to affiliate marketing—and protecting the jobs of those they employ.

“We are realistic about the politics of this issue,” Macarro is quoted by Poker News. “That is why Pechanga is prepared to support other opportunities for the racing industry to participate and benefit from online poker. We respect the sport of horse racing and recognize the importance of the jobs that rely on the industry. That’s why Pechanga can support legislation that specifically shares revenue derived from online poker for the benefit of the racing industry.”

However, not everyone agrees that taking measures to level the playing field are of benefit. In fact, many believe that allowing racetracks to profit in any way would violate the current tribal exclusivity that allows for online poker in the State of California.

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