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Editorial: California tribes see lucrative market in online gaming


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California newspaper says the risks of Internet poker games outweigh the benefits:
Indian tribes and their allies in Sacramento are pushing for the biggest expansion of gambling in state history. And after five years of squabbling, 13 politically active tribes, including the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians, have settled their differences, greatly improving the odds of an online poker bill passing this year.

“This journey has been long and difficult,” the tribes said in a letter to the chairmen of the Senate and Assembly committees with jurisdiction over gambling, “but the challenges posed by the Internet demand that we harness rather than cede the technology of the future for California and for our tribal communities.”

Translation: The tribes see a lucrative new market, and they don’t want competition from offshore companies that pioneered online gambling.

California tribes are among the biggest donors to political campaigns and, not coincidentally, lawmakers tend to be very responsive to the tribes.

However, this game may not be over.

Get the Story:
Editorial: Online poker a bad gamble for California (The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat 6/11)

Another Opinion:
Steven Greenhut: Online poker’s high-stakes Capitol game (Human Events 6/11)

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Morongo Band oppposes Internet poker bill that blocks partner (6/6)

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