Morongo Band and card clubs continue discussions with poker site

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians and three non-Indian card clubs remain in negotiations with a controversial Internet poker site, PokerNews reports.

In 2012, PokerStars shut down operations as part of a settlement with the Obama administration. The firm admitted no wrongdoing but some tribes say it shouldn't be allowed to do business in California.

Keith Sharp, an attorney for the card clubs, however, calls demand unfair. It should be up to regulators to decide who gets to offer Internet gaming, should it become legal in California, he said.

"We have tremendously competent regulators in California," Sharp told PokerNews. "Leave it to the people who know what they're doing to look at each case individually."

More than a dozen tribes say they will oppose legislation to authorize Internet poker unless it bars "bad actors" such as PokerStars.

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