Musicians who go on the road tend to give their tours names to showcase recently released albums in hopes of drumming up support for those albums. PokerStars has not put out any music, but several of the site’s Team Pros will be singing the praises of regulated online poker in California by going on a summer tour of various card clubs in the Golden State.
The “Let California Play!” tour has been announced by the industry giant in an effort to spread goodwill and raise awareness among California residents, extolling the benefits of regulated Internet poker. Taking the stage for an eight-stop engagement this month and next will be Jason Somerville, Liv Boeree, Daniel Negreanu, Chris Moneymaker and Vanessa Selbst.
The PokerStars Team Pros will mingle with players at the California cardrooms, competing in special tournaments and games. While the card club players will be testing their skills against some of the best players in the game today, the PokerStars pros will be citing the need for harmony among the state’s gaming interests – several of whom are trying to exclude the poker site from participating in its iPoker regime.
“It’s really important for poker players to make their voices heard among the decision makers in California and tell them ‘Let California Play’,” Negreanu said.
PokerStars has teamed up with the San Manuel and Morongo tribes in California, as well as the Bike, Commerce and Hawaiian Gardens cardrooms. That coalition launched a website last month – Californians for Responsible iPoker – in advance of the pro tour and as a first step in getting the word out about the need for online poker regulation.
8 Tour Dates this Summer
The Let California Play! tour will build upon the website launch, beginning with a stop at San Diego’s Palomar Card Club on July 17. The following day, the tour will head to Lake Elsinore Casino before moving on to Chula Vista and the Seven Mile Casino on July 19. The final July appearance is scheduled for American Canyon on July 25 at the Napa Valley Casino.
Californians hoping to catch up with the tour in August should head to Citrus Heights and the Stones Gambling Hall on Aug. 2, Delano’s Aviator Casino on the 6th, Diamond Jim’s Casino in Rosamond one day later, and the final stop on Aug. 9 at the Turlock Poker Room. Additional tour dates are expected to be announced at a later date.
“Poker players can play an important role in shaping the debate around iPoker in California so we’re looking to spark conversations in poker rooms up and down the state,” said PokerStars’ Head of Corporate Communications, Eric Hollreiser.
That debate continues and will likely see 2015 pass without the approval of iPoker legislation in California. Perhaps the Let California Play! tour will accomplish its desired effect and prompt more residents to become aware of the need for regulation, pushing their state legislators into action and forcing compromise among the gaming interests involved.