Online poker in works on Indian lands
Atlantis Internet Group has signed a licensing agreement with Cake Gaming to establish an online poker network for players in tribal casinos across the United States.
The 30-state Tribal Gaming Network, as it’s called, is made possible by a special exemption in the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which effectively banned online gambling in the United States but allowed for exceptions to Indian casinos and to states that allow online gambling activities within their borders under their own laws.
Atlantis Group CEO Donald Bailey hailed the agreement, calling it a solution to tribes and states facing economic problems at a national level.
Poker network Cake supplies game software in several international gaming jurisdictions. Atlantis holds a patent-pending technology called “Casino Gateway Network” that functions like a wide-area progressive network and potentially will allow players across 30 states to access specific online games on Indian lands.
While hopes for federal regulation of online gambling appear dim, California, New Jersey and Florida are among several states considering authorizing intrastate gaming under the framework established by UIGEA, with California expected to introduce an amended version of a poker bill for a vote in a special legislative session before the end of the year.