August 28, 2008
PAUMA VALLEY, CA - The Pauma Band of Mission Indians have introduced an innovative online casino that is drawing the attention of state regulators. It is a PlayAwayTM system manufactured by GameLogic, Inc. Pauma players can pick up their cards at the casino to play on the web for fun or for bonuses. Credits can be accumulated to play later online or to redeem at a slot machine or kiosk at Casino Pauma.
The tribe claims they are not violating any laws because there is no money exchanged. However, state regulators believe the casino may be operating without the proper licensing.
The Executive Director of Stand Up For California, Cheryl Schmit, says "They would need to be vetted by the Bureau of Gambling Control and approved by the Gambling Control Commission before they begin to play the games." Her organization is an Internet watchdog group that verifies online gambling licenses are valid and current.
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