New Regulations Would 'Kill' California Cardrooms, Trade Group Claims

An industry trade association has said it is appalled by proposed new dealer rules for California’s 72 cardrooms released by the state’s Bureau of Gambling Control (BGC), claiming they would “kill the industry” if adopted as proposed.

“The BGC’s proposal exceeds its statutory authority, ignores the recommendations provided by the industry and its legitimate stakeholders, disregards existing precedent, and proposes changes to the way cardrooms have been licensed … for over 40 years,” said Kyle Kirkland, president of the California Gaming Association (CGA).

In California, state law prohibits commercial cardrooms from having any financial stake in the outcome of the games played in their venues.

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