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August 14, 2009

SACRAMENTO - In a report from the Capitol Weekly, California Indian tribes have joined state-licensed card rooms to lobby for legalized internet poker in California.

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians recently formed a limited liability corporation (LLC) called "California Tribal Intrastate Internet Poker Consortium, LLC" that will be used to drive this movement for statewide online poker.

A draft of the bill says one million Californians that play online poker.

"Because of technology, you can identify your players. Right now, there are a lot of Californians playing internet poker, but without consumer protection," said Morongo Tribe spokesperson Patrick Dorinson.

The California Tribal Business Alliance (CTBA) says the bill could jeopardize Indian gaming within the state. Executive Director Allison Harvey says the bill would breach an exclusivity clause within gaming compacts that gives tribes the exclusive rights to operate gaming throughout the state.

Stay tuned and we will keep you updated on all pending California poker legislation.

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