Bwin.party Enters Online Poker Deal with Native American Tribe


05/16/2012
By Maria McCoyGoogle

Bwin.party digital, the largest registered online casino games company in the world, has announced that it is setting the groundwork for possible legalization of gambling in the US market by signing a deal with a Native American tribe which operates gambling in the state of California.

The company announced that it has made a ten-year agreement with the United Auburn Indian Community, which manages the Thunder Valley Casino Resort near Sacramento, California. Should online casino games legislation become more relaxed, the deal will enable the tribe to provide the technology to run online poker services at a top rated online casino.

Jim Ryan and Norbert Teufelberger, the co-CEOs of bwin.party commented on the deal, "Combining our own significant assets and resources with those of UAIC will create a strong partnership that is well-placed to seize the opportunities that will arise if appropriate online poker legislation is enacted in the Golden State.

In recent months there have been significant signs that the United States will relax its laws on online casino games, therefore several European companies have been positioning themselves to enter the market when it becomes a possibility

Bwin.party said that the tribe would secure the obligatory licenses to operate online casino games services in California while the London-based company would be the one to provide technology and operational expertise.

UAIC's Tribal Chairman David Keyser stated, "We see the legalization of Internet poker and other Internet gaming as being inevitable.”

 


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