PokerStars Launches New Publicity Offensive In California iPoker Debate
The ongoing battle in the state of California over legalizing online poker has taken many twists and turns in the last year. The main players are PokerStars who are looking to become active in what potentially could be one of the most lucrative online poker markets in the US and those opposing them due to fears of PokerStars monopolizing the market.
The infighting between PokerStars and the Indian tribes is the reason why legislation aimed at regulating online poker In California has been hampered. Certain parties like the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians have called for corrupt companies lie PokerStars to be excluded from online legislation efforts. PokerStars has now launched a new media attack and have launched a new website in conjunction with two Indian tribes and there other Los Angeles based Card rooms called californians4ipoker.com.
According to the website their aim is to ensure a fair regulation of iPoker in California. They call their initiative Californians for Responsible iPoker and are also planning to educate Californians as to the benefits of legal online poker in the state.
The parties involved include the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the Commerce Hotel & Casino, the Bicycle Hotel & Casino and the Hawaiian Gardens Casino and Pokerstars parent company Amaya Gaming.
Cynics point out that the group which claim to have the interests of California at heart, have also entered into an agreement that if and when iPoker is legalized in California they will use PokerStars software. Those visiting the site are greeted by a simple sign-up form which is in support if a far and regulated market in California.