US Approved Legal Online Poker In Landmark DealSeptember 9, 2010 6:38 am
The US is set to get its first official legal poker network, after a licensing agreement was signed between online poker provider Cake Gaming NV and the Atlantis Internet Group Corp.
The new agreement, which was signed on 7th Septmber, will see the companies offering online poker games in tribal casinos across more than 30 states, on the “Tribal Gaming Network.”
Despite several poker sites, such as PokerStars and Full Tilt accepting U.S.players, the new landmark agreement will mean that the network will be the first to operate legally from U.S. soil since the 2006 UIGEA was introduced.
The legality of the operation is determined by the special status afforded to Indian lands with the UIGEA providing “certain exceptions for Indian Casinos and Intertribal Internet gaming and states that pass Intrastate Internet gaming legislation.”
Commenting on the ground breaking development, CEO of Atlantis Donald L. Bailey said:
“Our Indian version of the CGN, called the ‘Tribal Gaming Network’ offers an immediate and legal solution to Indian casinos nationwide, providing the largest online poker network in the U.S. This is a significant milestone for ATIG and Cake, and will become an immediate economic shot in the arm for tribes and states facing deficits nationwide.”
The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) favourably received Atlantis’ technology for a ‘Tribal Gaming Network’ back in Sept 2009 and now it seems all the details of such an operation have been finalised.
Despite Cake Gaming NV being involved, the Tribal Gaming Network will be distinct from the Cake network with its own separate client base.
Once the operation has been set up, players in tribal casinos across 30 states will be able to immediately start playing online poker with other players across the U.S.