The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Amaya Gaming Group announced today that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has agreed to join the existing business agreement between the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, California's three largest card clubs - the Commerce Club, the Hawaiian Gardens Casino and the Bicycle Casino - and Amaya which owns and operates PokerStars, the world's largest online poker site.
These gaming operators will join together to operate a licensed online poker site in California once legislation is enacted to authorize iPoker. This coalition will also work together to advocate for legislation that extends California's tough, long-established gaming regulations to include intrastate online poker.
"We are pleased to join this coalition," said Lynn Valbuena, Chairwoman - San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. "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."
"We're pleased to welcome San Manuel to our coalition. It marks a new day in our efforts to authorize online poker in California," Morongo Band of Mission Indians Tribal Chairman Robert Martin said. "We're excited about the momentum and opportunities this new agreement represents in getting legislation passed. As tribes come together on this issue, the opportunity for success grows."
Speaking on behalf of the three card clubs, attorney Keith Sharp said, "We are very pleased to welcome San Manuel to our coalition. We look forward to working with legislators and our industry colleagues to pass a bill that provides strong regulation and consumer protection."
Guy Templer, Group Business Development Director with PokerStars said, "San Manuel is a strong, forward thinking operator and is a great partner to join our coalition in advocating for the development of an open and well regulated iPoker market in California. We are looking forward to working with the Legislature and with other stakeholders to help develop an industry that will benefit California consumers and the State alike."