Sacramento Tribes Working for Online Poker
Representatives of Sacramento’s most successful tribes with casinos have met in order to put together a proposal to legalise online poker. In the past divisions between the state’s tribal casino industry have prevented attempts to license online poker in California.
However, in recent months tribes have begun to change their opinions as they perceive a risk to their business from states such as New Jersey where internet gambling is now allowed.
The chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, Mark Macarro, said that “Tribes are primed right now to begin moving it, to begin working with state legislators to see something to fruition.”
Barry Brokaw, an Agua Caliente lobbyist, which operates two casinos in the Coachella Valley, said that there is now a “great commonality of purpose” between the tribes.
He went on to say that he thinks “there is a possibility that something may develop pretty soon, and we can have some serious discussions with lawmakers in the building and see what we can come up with.”
State Senator Rod Wright, who is in charge of the Senate committee which oversees gambling has reintroduced last year’s legislation to regulate online poker. If it is passed it would allow tribes, and other entities, to apply for five-year license to operate intrastate online gambling websites.