COPA, Recommended Amendments to California Online Poker Bill

Ryacopan Hightower who is the spokesman for COPA, the California Online Poker Association, formed by 60 California Tribal Governments and Card Clubs, has released a statement regarding the SB 1463.

COPA has presented to Senator Rod Wright a set of amendments to the bill aiming to ensure California receive its fair share of revenues and jobs from online poker rather than allowing them to be shipped out of the State.

The spokesman said California cannot afford to give up more than a thousand jobs and 1.4 billion dollars in new revenues over the next ten years by further delaying online poker legislation.

Delay simply for the sake of delay is not an option anymore and members of the legislature should look into the economic benefit for California as well as the consumer protection for millions of Californians playing poker online every day.

To put the legislation off another year is not in anyone’s interest and COPA urge Senator Wright and other members to support the passage of the bill SB 1463 with the amendments suggested.

The California Online Poker Association is California’s first coalition of gaming tribes and card rooms, working together to protect California consumers, and to keep much-needed revenues and jobs in California. As California’s trusted and regulated gaming operators, COPA partners include 29 of California Indian Tribes, both gaming and non-gaming, as well as 31 card rooms that represent over 70% of the state’s poker tables.


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