PokerStars faces a five-year ban on the activity in California
Next Monday the legislators of California
will vote for changes to the bill on gambling on the Internet, in which PokerStars
and other so-called bad actors (ie lawbreakers) face five-year ban on the activity in the state, said Wednesday Patrick McGreevy of the Los Angeles Times .
The long campaign for the return of online poker in California came to the finish line, because all previous obstacles such as the contract with the horse race industry have been overcome. Now it came down to what punishment awaits notorious bad actors, ie companies that operate in the United States in violation of law.
In this regard, the views of influential State factions divided. One coalition, supported by PokerStars and members of the legislative Assembly of the State of Adam Gray, advocating either a one-time fine of $ 20 million, or a five-year ban on the activities of such companies. The opposing coalition originally called for a fine of $ 60 million and a 10-year ban, but then cut the last 5 years.
It is unclear whether the amount of the fine appears in the amended bill, but if the document will be submitted to the vote on Monday, it will likely mean that the parties reached a compromise. On the bill was withdrawn for "final negotiations" last week, because the agreement has not been reached.
Gray initially opposed the ban, pointing to the fact that PokerStars is now the new owner in the face of the Amaya, which could affect its decisions in the specified time period.
According to Dustin Hooker from OnlinePokerReport, the consensus between the parties is a prerequisite for the adoption of the amended Law Assembly. If the Assembly gives go-ahead, the document must be approved by the Senate before August 31 this year.
It looks difficult to achieve, considering how long it took to reach this stage of the bill - to the legislative work took nearly nine years. It is difficult, but not impossible - at least according to OnlinePokerReport and Times. Hooker claims that "the process gained speed", and of the crew members of the legislative assembly Gray McGreevey said that the bill "was well received in the Senate."