US Releases First Online Poker Network

Native American exemption of gaming ban prompts release of new online poker network.

An agreement signing with Cake Gaming and Atlantis Internet Group has resulted in the first legal online poker network within the United States.  The contract was signed on September 7, and will allow legal online poker in over 30 US states through the Tribal Gaming Network.

This action is made possible via an exemption to the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).  Essentially, the UIGEA prohibited online gambling within the US, yet permitted “certain exceptions to Indian casinos, to interracial online gambling activities and to the states that allow online gambling activities under an intra-constitutional framework law.”  Donald Bailey, Atlantic Group CEO, applauded the new agreement and claimed it a part of the solution for tribes and states dealing with economic issues at a national level.

The act to fully legalize online gaming within the United States is still underway.  An updated version of the intrastate e-gaming bill is anticipated to be up for a vote in the California state legislature by the end of the year 2010.

On the federal level, HR 2267, led by Congressman Barney Frank’s Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act, is still in waiting for Congressional debate after passing through the House Financial Services Committee in August of this year.

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