NEWSBRIEF
BY MARKANDERSON
Morongo Moves To Make California Based Internet Poker A Reality
August 13, 2021

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the tribe behind one of California's most successful and well known casino gaming operations, is joining forces with numerous California card rooms in an effort to create legalized intrastate online poker.

Officially representing this new grouping of like minded organizations is the newly formed California Tribal Intrastate Internet Poker Consortium (CTIIPC), a limited liability corporation aimed at garnering support for legislation that would make it legal for tribes and card rooms in the state that already have poker, to offer the same service to California citizens over the internet.

This new consortium puts Morongo in an interesting and unusual position, as they are suddenly working closely with past rivals like Los Angeles' Commerce Casino and working at odds with past associates including many of California's other powerful tribes, who seem to view this move as somewhat rushed, nearsighted and potentially dangerous to the status quo, according to recent articles from The Sacramento Bee and California's Capitol Weekly.

Although past California legislation to create some form of legal intrastate online poker has failed to gain momentum in the Legislature, the CTIIPC seems to feel that despite current opposition, now is the time to try again and are attempting to get new legislation introduced during the next session, pushing the obvious economic advantages of such a bill at a time when California clearly needs the money.

Current estimates state Americans spend about $4 billion a year playing internet poker- money that at the moment goes primarily to offshore industries.  If Morongo and the others in the CTIIPC can convince the Legislature that they could potentially get a piece of that lucrative pie, they may once again have a real shot at changing California's current gambling landscape.


Story by Mark Anderson

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