A report up at CalvinAyre.com pits PokerStars and the Morongo Indian Tribe against the California Bad Actor Clause. The world's biggest online poker site has teamed up with the Morongo Band of Mission Indians with the intention of removing a problem that could possibly keep PokerStars out of the United State online poker arena. The 'bad actor' clause keeps companies that offered online poker in the U.S. after the UIGEA was passed in 2006 from offering gaming to individual states' residents.
California has a population of over 38 million people and with that many people to draw from for liquidity in their online poker environment, it is the only state in the U.S. that isn't reliant on state compacts to bring in revenue through taxation.
PokerStars was kept from entering the New Jersey online poker market because the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) chose a wait and see approach by putting the possibility of PokerStars partnership with Resorts Casino Hotel on hold when it delayed PokerStars' Internet gaming license application for up to two years. The DGE is unhappy with PokerStars association with Isai Scheinberg, PokerStars' founder, who has an outstanding indictment on his plate.
PokerStars never sleeps when it comes to innovative and unique ways to grow their online poker room and keep branching out to new horizons, hence the teaming with the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and the move to stave off the 'bad actor' clause. PokerStars doesn't want another New Jersey situation on their hands when it comes to California.
Word of the deal broke when iGaming Player tweeted:
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PokerStars and the Morongo tribe close to a deal in CA. No wonder there is no "bad actor" clause in the bill supported by Morongo. 2014-03-14
Along with the Morongo tribe teaming with PokerStars, former bwin.party CEO Jim Ryan has been hired by the Pala Band of Mission Indians and according to the CalvinAyre report, Phil Ivey is the newly acquired ambassador for their new online venture Pala Interactive. The California Indian tribes may have been dragging their feet up to this point on online gaming but once large sums of revenue are part of the future picture, everything changes.