As more states move towards the legalisation of online poker, it seems that Native American tribes are considering joining together to form their own online network of poker and casino games.
The tribes are considering using a similar model to the one that Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada are trying to adopt.
It has been reported that tribes which attended the National Indian Gaming Association meeting discussed the possibility of moving into the online market.
An anonymous tribal member has been quoted as saying, “We’re starting to see more force behind the idea of developing Internet coalitions.”
The Executive Director of public affairs for the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians, Jacob Coin, said, “It’s a positive development in that it means tribes are finally beginning to embrace the technology and potential of Internet commerce.”
Many tribes are already firmly established in the gambling industry; in 2011 240 tribes ran 460 gambling operations which generated a total of $27 billion. Therefore it comes as no surprise that they would want to stay ahead of competition from intrastate and hopefully interstate online poker networks.
It was recently reported that the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in the Washington area signed an agreement with Bally Technologies to launch free to play online casino and poker games.