'Let California Play' Poker Proving A Popular Tour

'Let California Play' Poker Proving A Popular TourThe PokerStars ‘Let California Play!’ campaign was launched mid-June and since then the pro tour has visited numerous cardrooms across the Golden State, whilst attracting huge crowds of enthusiasts hoping to chat or compete against their favorite poker celebrities in a series of specially organized tournaments. On the latest leg of their journey, Liv Boeree, Jason Somerville, and Chris Moneymaker visited Citrus Heights in Sacramento County, leaving Daniel Negreanu and Vanessa Selbst to enjoy a small break away from the action. The night was no less spectacular, though, and as Stephen Magagnini reporting for ‘The Sacramento Bee‘ wrote:
“Like the card sharps of the Old West, three of the brightest stars in the poker galaxy rode into Citrus Heights’ Stones Gambling Hall on Sunday to play Hold ’em while lobbying for legalized Internet poker in California.”
And that’s the message PokerStars is trying to promote, that the millions of Californian poker players who previously had shown an appetite for the game deserve to be able to play online poker from the comfort of their own homes, or else continue to be at risk from unauthorized, unprotected sites. Commenting on the issue from the Citrus Heights’ Stones Gambling Hall on Sunday, Jason Somerville explained:
“There’s no sort of jurisdiction that protects the players – you have no guarantee that the game’s fair, you’re going to get paid and the government gets no tax revenue.”
One piece of legislation which may help do all of that is Adam Gray’s Assembly Bill 431, which two months ago passed out of committee. As well as the benefits to consumers, the ‘Let California Play!’ campaign is also clearly showing the popularity of poker in California, with estimates predicting a mature iPoker market could generate up to $500 million each year for state coffers. That’s in addition to the increased business that would be generated by poker players also visiting land-based casinos. Furthermore, as many as 1,300 new jobs could be created across the state in a range of specialized areas, including programming, and marketing.
Next stops on the PokerStars Pro Tour include The Aviator Casino, Delano (6th), Diamond Jim’s Casino, Rosamond (7th), and Turlock Poker Room, Turlock (9th).

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