While the debate among the politicians rages on regarding the regulation of online poker in the state of California, it appears, at least according to one survey, that residents of the state have already made up their mind. A survey conducted by the Coalition and Consumer and Online Protection discovered that an overwhelming 68% of California residents are in favor of legalization and regulation within the state. Just 27% were against the move with the remainder being undecided. The survey was carried out by research firm Tulchin Research on behalf of the coalition and a sample group of 800 California voters were used, with a statement from the company saying that, “This poll clearly shows California voters want online poker regulated and taxed in a way to maximise the benefit for the state and its citizens while also ensuring the safety of participants.”
These survey results come shortly after it was announced that PokerStars had struck a deal with the Golden States 3 largest card rooms that would see the world’s largest online poker room manage their online operations, however this all still of course depends on whether or not the state goes ahead with regulation. It will also depend on whether or not the state actually allows Stars to be considered for a license, as both pieces of legislation regarding online poker in California at present both include bad actor clauses that would rule Stars out of the equation. There is still a long way to go in in this whole process and sure to be many twists and turns along the way.
Many Californian poker players get their action online at present in the offshore poker rooms that cater for them, with the largest being that of Bovada Poker. They offer new players a 100% welcome bonus up to $1,000 and at present are running many promotions geared towards sending players to this years WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas.