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The timing of the second edition of the iGaming Legislative Symposium (IGLS) – slated for February 26 at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento, California – couldn’t be much better, coming at the crest of a wave of developments in California’s online poker saga.
While there have been numerous efforts in the past to regulate online poker in the state, there is renewed interest in iGaming legislation in 2015.
There are currently two bills in the state legislature that would regulate online poker — AB 9 introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto in December, and AB 167 introduced by Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer last month.
While the prospects of the bills are still murky, there does seem to be some momentum among many of the interests that have a stake in the possibility of online poker.
Here are the highlights from the conference, per the symposium’s website:
Some two dozen speakers are currently confirmed, including the aforementioned Gatto and other key California stakeholders such as:
You can find the full speaker list here.
Will progress be made toward passing online poker legislation at the symposium?
That might be a lofty goal. At a minimum, the symposium puts many of the stakeholders in California in the same place for a day.
Legislators, tribal interests, representatives from brick-and-mortar casinos, industry experts and online poker proponents will all be in attendance.
And that’s at least a positive step for the state and the prospects of iGaming in the future – not to mention a great place to get a read on how key stakeholders feel about said prospects.
Visit the iGaming Legislative Symposium.