Californian tribe to launch gambling website

Californian tribe to launch gambling website

Friday, November 7, 2014

Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabela, a Native American tribe based in California, has opted to launch its own real-money online gambling website even though internet gaming has not been regulated by lawmakers in the US state.

According to reports, the website will enable legal-age players in the state to access online bingo services.

The tribe had planned to launch an online poker service to complement the bingo offering, but has opted to delay the former due to ongoing legal considerations in the state.

California has not yet legalised online gaming and, as of yet, has no regulatory framework for this form of gambling. Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware remain the only three states in the US to have legalised internet gambling.

The tribe has opted to launch the service as it believes the website satisfies the regulations outlined in the Indian Regulatory Act (IGRA) of 1988.

The tribe said that it is exercising its sovereign rights to offer Class II defined in the Act whilst at the same time ensuring that online gambling is regulated by its own tribal government and will only take place on tribal lands.

The IGRA defines both bingo and poker as Class II games while services such as house-banked gamed and slot machines fall under the Class III category and can only be offered if an agreement is struck between the tribe and state lawmakers.

The tribe said in a statement on its website that it has no intention at present to offer Class III games as part of its online gaming service in California.

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