Given that California doesn’t have a regulated online poker scene and that the best options are offshore international poker platforms, players don’t necessarily have to be within state borders. However, if California legalizes online poker and regulates the market, they’ll need to be in the state.
One of the California online poker sites we like charges 5.5% rake for their highest limit games and even less for their micro stakes. If you play $5/$10, like our live example above, you’ll pay $0.01 for every $0.18 in the pot (5.5%).
Going further, there just doesn’t appear to be a strong appetite for online poker in CA anymore, although it remains a potential source of new revenue in the state. Background for California online poker. California’s efforts to pass online poker legislation extend all the way back to 2008. Suffice it to say, progress has been trivial.
California poker laws. While online poker is not legal in California, live poker in brick-and-mortar card rooms is legal in the state, with players fortunate to have more card rooms to choose from than in any other state.
Is online poker in legal in California? No. Currently, online poker in California is not legal. There have been numerous attempts in recent years by lawmakers to try to introduce legislation for online poker legalization. However, to date there has not been much progress made on the issue.
California doesn’t have any online poker-specific laws against operators, but they are fairly harsh on illegal gambling as they try to protect their state industry. As we've mentioned, any game taking a percentage of the pot as rake would fall into the illegal gambling designation.
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