BWin Preparing for US Poker Legislation
.party digital is preparing for the possibility that U.S. Internet gambling laws may be relaxed. The group has put together a deal with a Native American tribe that operates gambling initiatives in California. The company has signed a ten-year deal with the United Auburn Indian Company, which runs the Thunder Valley Casino Resort, to provide that company with the technology required to run online poker sites, should the law be changed to permit that to occur within the state.
Jum Ryan and Norbert Teufelberger, the co-CEO’s of BWin, issued a joint statement saying “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”.
There has been a lot of discussion about the possibility of online poker being legalized on both a federal and a state level, but so far movement has been slow. Many bricks and mortar casinos have made movements towards setting up online poker sites, preparing for the opening of the US market, and if it does happen, the race to be the first to secure a large customer base will only be a good thing for consumers, with lots of attractive offers, bonuses, and reward schemes appearing as companies fight for player’s custom.