The California Gaming Association, the statewide trade association that represents California cardrooms, held its 2015 annual meeting, tradeshow and golf tournament in early October at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Lake Tahoe.
The meeting opened with a golf tournament at the world class Edgewood Tahoe golf course and featured Chris Moneymaker as a speaker on Sunday night. After Moneymaker’s remarks, the CGA hosted its annual charity poker tournament and raised over $12,000 for the American Cancer Society.
At the annual meeting on Monday, California Gambling Control Commissioner Lauren Hammond addressed the group, CGA President Kyle Kirkland recapped the association’s accomplishments over the prior year, and the CGA membership elected its Board of Directors for 2016.
The event also featured workshops on cardroom issues and a trade show with over 40 exhibitors, including cardroom vendors like Pepsi, Nestle, Gasser Chairs, Milliken Carpet, GPI, ShuffleMaster and The Cardroom.
CGA Executive Director, Joe Patterson commented, “We were thrilled to have such a strong turnout of cardrooms and vendors at CGA2015. Our members really enjoyed Chris Moneymaker’s perspective on online poker and loved playing with him in our charity event. With increased membership and involvement in industry gaming issues, the CGA is stronger and more unified than it’s been in years.”