Legal Online Gaming Becoming Reality in the United States
By Scott Carlson, Rakeback.com Staff Writer
Atlantis Internet Group Corporation (ATIG) announced Wednesday an agreement with Cake Gaming NV to provide online gaming to tribal casinos effective immediately. The agreement allows Indian casinos to offer online gaming to customers while on tribal land through the casino gateway network. The network would offer games such as poker across state lines.
ATIG approached the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) in 2009 for an opinion on the proposed network. The NIGC, a federal agency that regulates all Indian casinos, offered the favorable opinion allowing the network to operate in all Indian casinos nationwide. The system was designed to be easily implemented throughout the United State if HR 2267 is passed.
It is not known when the network will begin to operate.
California lobbying group offers amendments to allow online poker
Lobbying group Poker Voters of America (PVA) has offered a revised intrastate e-gaming bill that could be voted on in the upcoming special legislative session aimed at helping the growing budget deficit in California.
A bill offered by Senator Rod Wright in June received significant opposition from several Indian gaming tribes. The PVA consulted with several interested parties including tribal governments, card room operators, state agencies and elected officials. The revised bill would include poker only. The bill also includes a “mitigation fund” that would guaranty revenue to tribes and casino operators in the state.
In addition to alleviating state budget concerns the PVA also wants the bill to pass before any federal regulation passes to ensure funds remain within the state.