State Puts Internet Poker on Hold

By Sajid Farooq
|  Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011  |  Updated 4:26 PM PDT
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Fans of Internet poker in California will have to hold their hand at least another year.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) wrote a letter to both parties Monday saying a debate about whether to legalize Internet poker in California will have to wait until at least next year.

With the legislative calendar ending next month, Steinberg wrote in his letter that while the issue "has merit" there just isn't enough time to get a deal done, according to the LA Times.

“There is time to get this right, and it is imperative that we do so,” Steinberg wrote in the letter.

“It seems abundantly clear the issue is here to stay."

The issue has been put on the front burner as Indian casinos and card houses across the state have pumped money on both sides of the issue.

In his letter, Steinberg asked the sides to work together and come back with a proposal in January.

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