Tribal Interests in California Introduce Online Gambling

Published Thursday, November 06, 2014 -
Tribal Interests in California Introduce Online Gambling

Once again the diverse and sometimes hard to comprehend legal online gambling status in the USA has created another surprise for the industry in that lucrative gambling market. Californian tribal gambling interests The Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Mission Indians of the Santa Ysabel Reservation are making good on their announcement a while back that they would introduce online gambling for real money. Originally they intended to put online poker on the net but instead have put internet bingo for real money online recently.

Located in northeastern San Diego County, California the tribe is a federally recognized tribe of Kumeyaay Indians, who are commonly known as Mission Indians. As far as the legality of the bingo site for real money is concerned the Golden State has no regulatory framework in place to deal with the issue. Legally again the tribe is of the understanding they are simply exercising their sovereign rights to offer Class II games as defined by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988, while they are ensuring that the online gambling is regulated by the tribal government, and takes place on tribal lands., is an experiment of sorts and if the site manages to successfully keep online and doesn’t run up against major legal challenges, the move may be a precursor for an online poker offering shortly. Santa Ysabel Interactive Director of Marketing Chris Wrieden explained to the Pokerfuse news source, “Some believe our promise to bring regulated cash poker games to California has all been a great big bluff, for any number of self-serving reasons. I can tell you it hasn’t been, it just takes time to put all of the pieces together. When we launch it will put our critics’ bluff theory to rest and when we accept our first online bet, we will be on our way to creating change for our industry.”


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