Tribe Launches Californian Online Site

Tribe Launches Californian Online Site

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Legislators in California are yet to pass a bill that would legalize online poker in America's most populous state. That hasn't stopped one tribe from taking the plunge and launching a site though.

Highlighted by Marco Valerio over the weekend, the new site at has been launched by the Santa Ysabel Tribal Development Corporation as 'a legal alternative to the unregulated, illegal Internet-based gambling websites, operated from off-shore locations by operators of questionable character'.

According to a press release, the tribe has 'decided to rely on the tribal sovereignty and the provisions of the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) to offer I-poker from the Tribe’s reservation' adding that it 'supports the effort by the Legislature to enact interactive gambling legislation in the State'.

The site is currently live for real-money play to California residents currently located in the state.

Nevada and New Jersey currently offer legal, regulated intra-state poker. California has been considered a potential goldmine for potential online poker operators given its population of 38 million.

Whether this launch is the start of the goldrush remains to be seen.

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