Daniel Negreanu and Jason Somerville will be in California to host an "online poker live demo" in Sacramento on Thursday. Presented by PokerStars, this will come just one day after lawmakers will meet to discuss the state of Internet poker in California.
The event is set for Thursday, May 21, with a location change from the Sheraton Grand Hotel to the Legislative Office Building, Hearing Rm. 100. The press briefing time slot will be from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
The demonstration will include an opportunity to play against both players (play money, of course) and receive tips on online games. According to PokerStars, the purpose of the live demo is to "discuss online poker in detail, including consumer protections and the PokerStars platform."
Negreanu, one of the most recognizable faces in the industry, will be leading the demo. "The goal is to educate politicians and lawmakers on a topic that they clearly don't have a full, balanced grasp of," Negreanu told PokerNews. "I'm talking about online poker, of course, and the plan is to show them how it works and educate them on the importance of regulation."
Somerville told PokerNews, "I'm excited to educate key influencers about the benefits of a safe and regulated online poker arena. I'm hoping to illustrate the logic and value behind passing robust online poker legislation in California."
Just last month, online poker legislation finally received a positive vote in California. Although the vote did not mean that interested parties in California were any closer to reaching the consensus needed for legislation truly to move forward, it did show a commitment to continue working on the issue.
Wednesday's hearing, titled "Overview of Gambling in California — Legality, Authorization and Regulation," will feature nine speakers from the legal and regulatory side of gaming, and will be televised at calchannel.com at 1:30 p.m. PDT.