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California tribe teams with bwin.party on online poker

The world’s largest listed online gaming company, bwin.party digital entertainment plc, has announced a partnership with the United Auburn Indian Community to offer online poker services in California if suitable intrastate legislation is enacted in the state.

The federally recognized United Auburn Indian Community (UAIC) owns and operates the Thunder Valley Casino Resort near Sacramento, California. Under legislation proposed in the California Senate, the tribe is a qualified license applicant to operate online poker services in the state. Bwin.party would provide the technology and operations expertise to power the services, plus related support. The agreement would be for a 10-year period from the date that online poker services are launched.

Currently, the California Senate is debating the Internet Gambling Consumer Protection and Public-Private Partnership Act of 2012 (SB 1463), which was introduced earlier this year, and proposes to regulate, license and tax internet poker within the state of California.