he company is confident that online poker’s various stakeholders can overcome their disagreements, and that its lobbying efforts in California will reap rewards.
“We see a lot of momentum and it’s really a question of when not if, and obviously we’re hoping that it’s sooner rather than later,” Eric Hollreiser, Amaya’s vice-president of corporate communications, told the Financial Post this week.
But Amaya’s confidence might be viewed as arrogance by certain factions of California’s gambling landscape. after all, PokerStars itself is one of the major reasons for the current stalemate over the legislative push.
A coalition of tribal operators is vehemently opposed to the online poker giant’s entrance to a legal California poker market. The coalition believes that PokerStars’ history as a “bad actor” should preclude it from participation. Bad actor, in this sense, means a company that permitted Americans to gamble online after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006 had declared gambling transactions to be illegal.