San Manuel Tribe Joins California Pro Online Poker CoalitionPublished November 18, 2014 by Amir G
The pro online poker coalition in California has received important support with the joining of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians tribe.
The plight for online poker regulation in California has received a very important boost last week with the extension of a partnership between the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians tribe and Canadian software developer Amaya Gaming. Amaya is the new owner and operator of the major online poker room PokerStars.
Pro Online Poker Coalition Strengthening
The San Manuels joined an existing business agreement between Amaya Gaming, the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and three of California's largest poker rooms – the Bicycle Casino, the Hawaiian Gardens and the Commerce Club. Under the agreement, these operators will operate a joint online poker website and to achieve that end, they will work together to bring online poker regulation in the Golden State.
The move by the San Manuels is significant since the tribe defected from a tribal coalition against online poker regulation in California. The tribal coalition consisted of 13 tribes and it had set its sights on PokerStars under a demand that the operator will be deemed a "bad actor" in any future legislation of online poker in California, something that would effectively keep PokerStars out of the market.
Door Might Open for Other Tribes
The San Manuels were a part of the tribal anti online poker coalition but now they've switched sides standing alongside Amaya, Morongo Band of Mission Indians and the three major poker rooms. This could turn the tide for other tribes as we near December when an online poker bill for the Garden State will be introduced.
Speaking about the move, San Manuel chairwoman Lynn Valbuena said: "We are convinced that the various interests must work together if we are to be successful in establishing a well-regulated environment and the best-in-class Internet poker industry for California." Morongo chairman Robert Martin claimed that the joining of the San Manuels marks "a new day in the efforts to authorize online poker in California."