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New York and California Closer

March 5, 2017 Category :Legal Off

Several states in the US have been pushing to legalize online poker for years back. Currently it seems that New York and California are the closest to achieve this feat. New York Senate Gaming Committee voted unanimously in favor of online poker bill proposed by Senator John Bonacic, while one of the key men in the Assembly, Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow has recently stated that there are strong chances of New York legalizing online poker n 2017. Meanwhile in California another Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer and Assemblyman Adam Gray are pushing this year’s online poker bill.

Pretlow Making Way for the New Law in New York

The first attempts to legalize online poker in the State of New York date back to 2013 when the first proposals were made in the Senate. However, these attempts had no results as at that time Assembly had another gambling issue on their agenda – legalizing non-tribal casinos. At that time Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow was working on the expansion of land-based casinos.

The following year Senator John Bonacic, Chair of the Senate Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee appears with a draft bill and pushes the initiative further, but again with no significant results. In the years to come Bonacic continued pushing further until 2016 when his bill passed the Senate Committee but the person who denied it the support in the Assembly was precisely Pretlow. The main reason for that was, as Pretlow explained is that he had doubts concerning arguments that online poker would be considered a game of skill and legalized as such.

The main aim of Bonacic’s bill S 3893 and consequently introduced bill A 5250 sponsored by Pretlow himself, is to legalize online poker as a game of skill in which case the process does not conflict the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. After a careful analysis of the procedures and operations of New Jersey and other states that allow online poker, Pretlow stands behind one of the bills and believes that by the end of 2017 New York could become the fourth state where online poker is legal.

California Plans to Boost Horse Racing Industry with the Revenue from Online Poker

California is continuing ten-year long battle to legalize online poker and last year Assemblyman Adam Grey came close as his bill passed the Appropriations Committee but failed at the Assembly. This month Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer joined Gray in the battle and they proposed a new bill under which the racetracks will not be eligible to compete for a license but they will receive an annual subsidy worth $60 million. Card rooms and tribal casinos will be entitled to apply for a license. Under the new law persons under 21 and outside state borders will not be allowed to play.

As both California and New York continue to make progress on legalizing online poker, check back here in our poker news section for updates regarding USA legal poker. Until the states figure out what they are doing and get the appropriate bills passed use any of the USA poker sites we list and recommend here on our website. All are highly reputable and offer a great online experience.

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Graton Resort & Casino Adds Hotel

November 12, 2016 Category :USA Poker Off

The tribal casino Graton Resort & Casino operated by Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria is set to open in new attire on November 15th in Rohnert Park California. The newly built Resort will include a hotel and amenities aimed at customers from Sonoma County and the North Bay who will finally have the chance to fully enjoy the casino games alongside spacious hotel and restaurants in the midst of the picturesque wine country.

Graton Resort & Casino was opened in 2013 even though the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria had the idea to launch it much earlier. For ten years the tribe had been trying to realize this project of building a casino but only in 2012 did they manage to reach an agreement with the Governor. The management of the casino is entrusted with Station Casinos, a company from Las Vegas. The Casino was finally ready to launch in November 2013 and now three years later it will be expanded.

The casino is situated in the Sonoma County, California, outside Rohnert City. It is set in the beautiful wine country but unfortunately far away from the urban areas. Their customers can enjoy full gaming experience but if they need accommodation they would need to go either to Rohnert City or to San Francisco. This was a major downside for the casino. The next logical step was to add a hotel to the resort, which would seat all the visitors who are eager to spend several days enjoying the games and the remarkable nature.

The hotel will spread on six floors and it will house around 200 rooms. In addition to that the guests will be able to enjoy in the pool and spa, dine at restaurants or spend a pleasant night at the bar or club. The resort will also offer space for conferences and meetings with the capacity to accept 1,700 people. The resort has already opened the option to book Premium King room or Premium double room and they are now accepting reservations for 2018.

As for the casino it will feature 120 table games including Blackjack, Baccarat, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, Pai Gow and 3,000 slot machines. The gaming space will also include VIP gaming salons and live poker room. The new Graton Casino & Resort will offer a complete experience for any visitor. The guests from Sonoma County and North Bay will be able to come and spend several days whether they plan to relax and take a break from city life or if they want to schedule a business conference or meetings.

As Tribal Council Chairman Greg Sarris says: “One of the reasons we built this is that there is no other place in the North Bay that can actually seat this many people with all of the amenities right here. So what a beautiful opportunity to be in the wine country to have a convention and where you can sit in a ballroom eighteen hundred people for dinner, and go swimming, and go to a spa and take wine tours, all at the same time. What a perfect place to accommodate conventions where there was not a place before.”

Even though the gaming establishment is planned to be upgraded to compete with the best Las Vegas-style resorts, it will not sport flashy signs and neon lights. The new resort will be designed to fit the surrounding hilly landscape of wine country.

While we focus on mainly online poker venues and USA poker sites, we thought our California visitors would be happy to know they can now stay in a great hotel when they visit this resort and poker room. For online poker rooms open to California residents see our listing of online California poker sites.

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