While poker players in the state of California are pushing for online gambling regulations together with the support of the California Online Poker Association, the tribal groups of Cahuilla Indians want to wait and make the regulations more precise. Whether this is a smart move or not remains to be seen.

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This Tuesday, the California Online Poker Association supported the state senate bill to legitimize online poker, mentioning that California has to respond as soon as possible. Sen. Lou Correa, in the last informational hearing said, “Time is not on our side.” According to the Santa Ana Democrat, this Senate Bill 40 would generate $1.4 billion revenue in the next ten years and provide 1300 employment opportunities. “I suggest we keep California as a can-do state, and move forward this year,” he said.

According to Jim Wise, a Federal online gaming advocate stated that Brian Sandoval, Nevada Gov, signed a new law this June, which needs his state to incorporate regulations for Internet gambling by January. “This is further evidence that Congress is ready to move,” Wise said.

However, this was not quite the reaction given out by Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in Palm Springs. Vice Chairman of the tribe, Jeff Grube told the Senate Committee led by Sen. Rod Wright that the Agua Caliente does not want California to rush into things before the federal government does. “We foresee no successful action on this front in either 2011 or 2012. We believe you have the time to carefully construct a proposal. We urge you to take the time to get it right.”

The general feedback from the industry regarding Grubbe’s response is that the tribe seems to have a neutral stance on online gambling. Patrick Dorinson, an independent consultant, affiliated to Poker Voters of America said, “They’ve come off the dime, and that’s a big off-the-dime. Clearly, it means tribes are realizing if they don’t get this done, the federal government will do this for them and the federal government has never been good for tribes in our history.”

Grube mentioned that that Ague Caliente will be against the Senate Bill 40 as well as the opposing online gambling, until six promotions are met. “No. 1, it must be limited to poker. Going beyond that would threaten exclusivity provisions of the state,” Grubbe said.

Still, it may pose a hardship that could have major consequences for the state’s general fund and the $346 million the state gets every year from the tribes. The Caliente stated that they want the law to be open to all entities, be it card clubs or brick and mortar casinos. Either through a hub limit or licensing fees, Grubbe said, “No one should be allowed to have an artificial monopoly.”

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