California tries again to get the online poker discussion going. Dan Colman wins his third six-figure prize of the year. Check out these stories and more in today’s Hit and Run.
New Poker Bill Introduced in California
California has debated online poker for a decade, but that isn’t going to stop them from trying during 2017.
The Internet Poker Consumer Protection Act (AB 1677) has been introduced, which would regulate online poker in the state by allowing Indian tribes as well as brick and mortar card rooms to offer games. The bill would require poker rooms and tribes to apply for a license at a cost of $12.5 over 7 years. The fee would be credited against future taxes based on gross gaming revenue.
On the much-debated bad-actor clause, there is nothing written in the bill that would directly bar PokerStars from applying for a license. Instead, the decision would be left to regulators.
The prospects for the bill appear face long odds, notably due to the language of the bad-actor clause. OPR says that portion of the bill would likely need clarification before any hopes of the bill being enacted.
– Dan Colman is on a roll so far during 2017. Over the weekend, the 2014 Big One for One Drop champ took down the 6-max HDK$ $250,000 Trion Super High Roller Series event. The win was enough for HKD$ 3,641,600, just over $469,203 US. It was Colman’s third cash over six-figures since the start of 2017.
– Jake Cody visits Macau, the City of Dreams for his latest vlog series (h/t Poker Listings).
– BetVictor is the latest online poker room to leave the Russian market.
– Alex Weldon takes a look at the game Mafia and what it can teach you about poker and politics.
– New poker training video has been posted. The first episode of GrinderSchool’s “How to Master SNGs” is now available.