Politics are serious business, especially when there’s money on the line. The perpetual wrangling over gambling laws in California is a testament to that.
As efforts to legalize Internet poker once again stall and opponents of Indian gaming take preemptive strikes to limit its expansion in the state, cardrooms are making their own push for a bigger piece of the pie.
Last year, the trade group Communities for California Cardrooms formed to make the case that they are vital engines of their local economies. Former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown was even hired on as a political consultant.
Their latest appeal comes in the form of a mock cardroom for legislators and staffers on the north steps of the Capitol. The event, featuring blackjack tables and tacos, runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cardrooms in Sacramento have recently faced tougher scrutiny as the city has debated changing its oversight of the clubs.