Under AB380, the Nevada Gaming Commission will compile and keep track of a database of online poker cheaters. The text emphasizes the need to monitor and maybe ban players who have interactive accounts.
Gamers Who Cheat Need to Be Banned
Assembly Speaker Steve Yeager and former executive director of the Patient Protection Commission Sara Cholhagian Ralston are now working on the measure. As Ralston is also a professional poker player, with live earnings of little over $26,003, she is in a prime position to comprehend the nuances and significance of such a law.
California Assembly Bill 380’s proposed list of those barred from visiting casinos due to cheating charges is fairly similarly to Nevada’s List of Excluded People. The Gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission would be the ones to make nominations for inclusion in the Black Book’s interactive version.
To prevent online cheating, operators would report identities of players to authorities, who would then determine whether or not to ban them. Ralston vouched that the goal of AB380 was not to burden website owners with new obligations.
Instead, she said, it was an effort to clean up the internet poker scene. Ralston recognizes the difficulty of this endeavor. Proving internet cheating is quite difficult. Since 2013, Nevada has allowed online poker to function, but no measures have been taken to curb cheats beyond what the industry self-regulates.
The Growth of Internet Poker
With the advent of the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement, however, it has become more important to root out and punish cheats. Since 2014, player pools and cash flow have been shared between casinos in Nevada and Delaware. Other states are expected to follow New Jersey’s lead, as it did in 2017 by becoming a member.
The bill’s sponsors deserve praise for taking on such a weighty issue. Yeager, who is also an occasional poker player, commented on the draft by saying that it is intended to increase transparency and accountability by informing the poker community at large when a player is going to be banned and the reasons for the suspension.
Yeager, though, thinks the measure may need some trimming to make it more “tight and constrained” in its present form since it is somewhat lengthy.
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