Online gambling takes a big step forward in California

Poker may go viral in California

An online gambling bill in California was introduced just a week after the Poker Voters of America said they had secured a sponsor for the measure, reports the Sacramento Bureau.

Two Indian tribes, the Morongo Board of Mission Indians and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians have announced their full support of the legislation that would legalize internet poker. The two groups have formed a group called the California Online Poker Association (COPA) which will sponsor the bill introduced on Monday, December 7, 2010.

In the measure, a licensed casino in California could run an “intrastate internet poker website.” Some of the revenue generated on these gaming sites will go back to the state, reports NBC’s Bay Area news affiliate. Big fucking surprise.

However, other California Indian tribes aren’t so pleased with the bill being introduced to the floor. David Quintana, political director of the California Tribal Business Alliance (CTBA), said, the bill is “the equivalent of the state passing a bill to give Chevron the sole right to operate gas stations in California.”

It is not clear why the CTBA has a stick so far up its ass, but the group is technically allowed to send their own ideas to the legislature or create draft bills.