Tribes join Morongo Band's consortium for Internet poker games

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians said 21 tribes have joined a consortium for Internet poker games in California.

The California Online Poker Association hopes to work with non-Indian card clubs to host the games. The plan depends on a change in state law.

“We're very pleased; we will use the coalition to try to get legislation passed to make it happen," Morongo spokesperson Patrick Dorinson told The Palm Springs Desert Sun.

Some tribes with successful casinos have come out against Internet gaming in the state. They believe it will violate existing Class III gaming compacts.

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Tribal leaders rally support for online gaming legislation (The Palm Springs Desert Sun 8/19)
Morongo tribe claims 21 members for new Internet poker push (Capitol Weekly 8/19)