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Online Poker, DFS to Combine for New California Bill?
Two powerful members of the California-based casino tribes have come out against recent efforts to legalize daily fantasy sports in the state but it may end up benefiting online poker.
The Sacramento Bee is reporting that Robert Martin, chairman of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and Lynn R. Valbuena, the chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, voiced their concern over the fast-tracking of a bill that would legalize sites like DraftKings and FanDuel.
They both sent letters to Assemblyman Adam Gray, who is the key figure behind the recent DFS bill.
It’s a marked change for the bill, which previously had very opposition.
Plenty of Overlap Between Online Poker, DFS
Both the Morongo and San Manuel Band are part of a coalition, which includes PokerStars, that has been working to license and regulate online poker over the last few years.
Valbuena made the argument that the DFS bill lacked any of the careful vetting and deliberation that has gone into online poker.
Martin and Valbuena also suggested that online poker and DFS could be combined into a single piece of legislation because there are numerous similarities between the two games.
Meanwhile FanDuel CFO Matt King took a decidedly anti-online poker stance this week by saying that DFS was a game of skill while poker was gambling.
Marc Levine is the only Assemblyman who has been against the DFS bill from the very beginning and has opposed the legislation in committee and on the floor.