NEW YORK — California and Massachusetts have both announced they would impose strict online poker regulations in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in California’s online poker case.
In a statement issued Wednesday, both states said they would prohibit the operation of online poker in the state’s casinos.
The states’ actions followed an earlier decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down California’s ban on online poker.
The ruling, which came in a case brought by the California Gaming Control Board, said California’s regulations “restrict online poker’s core functions, including the provision of high-stakes, non-rewarding games of chance.”
The ruling is a blow to the gaming industry in California, where the gaming population of roughly 10 million has been growing steadily over the past five years.
Earlier this month, the U,S.
House of Representatives passed a bill that would have authorized California to ban online poker operations, and President Donald Trump signed it into law on Jan. 1.
The bill would have required states to enact a “fair and reasonable” ban on gambling on sites such as online poker sites.
California’s legislature approved a similar bill earlier this year.
A spokesperson for the state Senate’s gaming committee, which is responsible for drafting bills that are sent to the governor, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A similar bill was recently passed in the New York state legislature, and a bill passed by the Nevada legislature last year would have banned the operation on sites in Nevada.
Nevada, New York and California are all among the states that have banned online poker as a result of the Supreme, which struck down state bans on online gambling.
Earlier in 2017, a federal appeals court in San Francisco had ruled that online poker was a form of “pure gaming,” or “money-making,” that was not subject to regulation.