Tribal leaders urge unity and compromise in online poker talks

The Western Indian Gaming Conference is being held at the Harrah's Resort Southern California. Photo from Facebook

Internet poker was a big topic of discussion at the 20th annual Western Indian Gaming Conference in California this week.

Tribes have been divided on legislation to authorize online games in the state. Leaders said they must come together and make compromises in order to move forward on the issue.

“There's got to be a lot of give and take on all our parts,” Bo Mazzetti, the chairman of the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians, which hosted the conference, told The Riverside Press-Enterprise. “There will be some things we don't like.”

“There has to be compromise or it won't get done," added Robert Martin, the chairman of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. “At the end of the day, we all want what is best for the tribes.”

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 outlaws Internet gaming unless it is conducted pursuant to a Class III gaming compact or under state law.

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