Chris Grove of OnlinePokerReport.com recently emailed some queries to David Chelette, the president of PrivateTable.com and general manager of Santa Ysabel Casino, regarding the tribe’s decision to launch a new online poker room called PrivateTable.com in California.
Chelette said that the tribe took several factors into consideration while making the decision to launch PrivateTable.com. One of these factors is Sacramento’s increasing interest in legalizing and regulating online poker. He said that none of the proposed online poker bills takes into consideration the rights of Native Indian tribes to either regulate or offer Class II games, making it very difficult for them to claim their share of the market.
He said “As California gets closer to the final draft of the proposed legislation we are hoping to have an opportunity to provide some input as to how it could better allow Santa Ysabel and other small to mid-level gaming Tribes a way to participate within a state-licensed online gaming structure.”
He also said that the primary servers of the new online poker site are located within a reservation belonging to the Mohawk tribe in Kahnawake. While the Santa Ysabel Gaming Commission will regulate PrivateTable.com, Santa Ysabel Interactive will operate it. The Kahnawake Gaming Commission has also given an “inter-jurisdictional authorization” to PrivateTable.com.
Chelette said that the secondary servers are based on a reservation in California belonging to the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel and that a VPN connection exists between Kahnawake and Santa Ysabel.
Regarding the involvement of a VPN, Chelette said that certain regulated online gaming services such as an online bingo site planned by Great Luck and Nevada’s mobile sportsbook require consumers to use a VPN. He said that PrivateTable.com players will not be required “to establish a VPN connection to play like some of the Class II online platforms that have been designed by other tribes.”
PrivateTable.com players can deposit funds using certain credit cards. They can also avail of the option of depositing “in person at the Smoke Shop that is located on the Santa Ysabel tribal reservation in San Diego County off of highway 79.”
Chelette assures that PrivateTable.com will remain unaffected by any poker law California might pass in the near future as it has built and implemented to comply with state as well as federal laws. In case of any changes in these laws, the operators of Private Table.com will evaluable the changes and take appropriate steps to correct the situation.