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If online poker needed a face, can you think of a better set of mugs to adorn it than the pair belonging to Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu and Jason Somerville.

The dynamic duo would look good in Batman and Robin outfits, and PokerStars are sending their super heroes to Sacramento, California, to host a live demo event aimed at providing a powerful online poker presence within the online pokerless state.

The event will take place May 21, 2015 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel (Compagno Room) in Sacramento. According to the flyer, the pair will be on hand between 10am and noon, where they will be free to talk to people about the nuances of online poker, and even play some play money online games with whoever is interested.

PokerStars Sending the Right People

It’s good to see Daniel Negreanu physically getting involved in the fight for online poker. The presence of Somerville, goes to show how important he is to his new employer, especially when you consider the great roster of respected pros that they could choose from. In my opinion, only Rafael Nadal could have made a bigger splash.

The event will take place the day after the Joint Hearing Assembly Governmental Organization Committee meet to discuss an: ‘Overview of Gambling in California-Legality, Authorization and Regulation,’ and I guess PokerStars are banking on some of the bigwigs staying in town to have a bit of fun with their two stars.

Event Coincides with Other Important Conference

Thursday 21 May 2015 is also an important date because Capital Weekly & UC Centre are hosting California Gaming, a day-long conference delving deep into the gold mine that is gaming in the Golden State. It’s the 15th iteration since the conference was first held in 2010, and online gambling is very much on the agenda.

The keynote speaker will be Lynn Valbuena, Chair of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and there will be four separate panels.

  • Panel 1: The Major Players and What’s at Stake
  • Panel 2: Sports Betting: Wave of the Future?
  • Panel 3: Lessons Learned: What Needs to be in a Good Internet Poker Bill?
  • Panel 4: The Politics: What Will it Take to Get a Real Deal?

Expertise will come from the likes of Eric Hollreiser (PokerStars), Chris Grove & Dave Palermo (OPR), David Quintana (California Tribal Business Alliance), various members of the Californian Gambling Commission, and many more experts in the field of gambling.

News Comes in the Wake of Takeover Bid

The news of PokerStars’ Sacramento pitch comes days after it was revealed that Amaya Gaming Inc. would team up with GVC Holdings in a bid to purchase Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, a move that may ease the ‘tainted assets’ pressure currently being felt by PokerStars in California.

Lee Davy

Life can be viewed as the sum of the parts or the parts themselves. I believe in the holistic view of life, or the sum. When dealing with individual parts you develop whack-a-mole syndrome; each time you clobber one problem with your hammer another one just pops up.

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