Correa also said that legalizing online poker could bring in about $250-million tax dollars immediately.
Opponents of legalizing online gaming say it may create a slippery slope leading to more of all types of gambling and may create social problems.
“We don’t want to see any of it,” said pastor James Butler of the California Coalition Against Gambling Expansion.
“Pretty soon they’ll have an app that will allow you to connect instantly to a casino or a gambling site. Want to lose your home? We have an app for that.”
Meanwhile, in Nevada, the state has already taken advantage of the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent ruling that selling lottery tickets online was legal and have already fast tracked efforts to legalize online gambling.