re: Poker & Poker in future?
There is a provision in the California
laws that says that anyone can provide a game at any state licensed cardroom. So if I could cover the costs of doing so, I could go start a game at any cardroom. Works for tourneys. In theory it could work for ring. I could collect the rake, or tourney fees, rather than the house collecting those fees. In essence, I would be 'renting' the facilities. This is possibly how existing poker circuits get in, even something like Poker After Dark.
It has been a long time since I reviewed those laws, and I remember that provision and my reaction to reading that as it seemed to offer interesting possibilities.
If we only extrapolate that a little, it might be easy to provide an entrance to OLP games, via any local cardroom. So I might log in via my Bicycle Club ID, and play folks who logged in via a Chumash ID. We already know this model, it is years old for most 'networks', Merge being well established, and WPN also come to mind.
Now add a twist, the networks don't have to be the guiding force here. Either each individual B&M/OLP 'entity' or the State (via regulation) could offer games from ALL existing game suppliers. So again, I might log in via my Bicycle Club ID, and play one table from a Stars network feed, and multi-tabling, play another table from a different network, like Merge.