Californian Tribes Unite For Online Gambling Push

Published Tuesday, April 07, 2015 -
Californian Tribes Unite For Online Gambling Push

In the USA online poker has become a subject that has been tossed about legally in various states and is still being considered an issue to be debated in jurisdictions such as California. The National Indian Gaming Association’s convention in San Diego brought together seven out of nine Californian tribes in an attempt to find consensus in the ongoing debate about the legalization and acceptance of the current situation the tribes find themselves embroiled in.

Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation leader Cody Martinez initiated the meeting of the tribes to try to find a solution to the looming threat of more competition for the tribal gambling industry by California’s racetracks mentioned they will be moving into the online gambling and poker business. Prior to the meeting of the tribes the world’s biggest online poker room PokerStars was not welcomed in California by a number of the tribal members mainly because some of them supported  the ‘bad actor’ clause that PokerStars was saddled with back in 2011.  PokerStars did partner with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, as well as the Morongo tribe, some time ago, along with several state card rooms, while other tribes had remained opposed to not only PokerStars, but the parimutuel horse racing industry, entering the online gaming market in California.

Now however Morongo Band of Mission Indians Chairman Robert Martin has said that if the tribes join forces with PokerStars it will turn the tide for the introduction of online poker in the Golden State. According to an OnlinePokerReport article,  “That’s the idea Sycuan and Pechanga are floating…for the tribes to get together with PokerStars and overcome opposition from the tracks,” said Martin, If we were all united, I could perhaps see where it would work,” Martin remarked.

The debate is far from being over in California with legislators looking to include the state racetracks in any new law opening up more discussion with the tribal collective.






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