Indian Tribes Reach Consensus On Online Poker Bill
It seems that the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians and the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians are now ready to move forward with the Internet poker legislation.This comes after a recent meeting in San Diego where key concerns were ironed out and the tribes will meet again on the 27th of May to complete discussions.
It seems that the tribes have reached a consensus regarding the number of poker sites that a licensee would be eligible to operate.
Initially, Pechanga felt that one per licensee would suffice whereas San Manuel felt that no restrictions should be placed on this number.
The tribes have now reached consensus and have agreed to two poker sites per licensee.
Meanwhile, the tribes also agreed that licensees could not engage in horse racing as well.
Previously, Senator Roderick Wright had tried to include racetracks but since he has been convicted of eight counts of fraud, he is no longer the Senate Governmental Organization Committee chairman, which is responsible for overseeing gaming laws.
An outstanding issue which is preventing online poker legislation in California is a recent partnership between three state card rooms, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and PokerStars.
Unfortunately, PokerStars continued to operate in the U.S. after the gambling ban and so they are viewed as a ‘bad actor’ and this would exclude them from participating in online gambling in the state.
Industry observers, however, believe that PokerStars will be given permission to participate once they adhere to a penalty.
Should the online poker bill in California be passed, it will only allow intra-state poker which means that this Golden State will not be allowed to participate in interstate gambling with Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware.