California tribe launches real money gaming platform

California has real money gaming, for now.

The US online poker scene looks set to welcome a new "legal" platform in the coming days following the launch of a real money bingo site.

Earlier this year the Nation of Santa Ysabel, a Californian tribe, announced that it would be launching a real money online gaming site and last night the site made its first move towards that goal. 

Operating out of tribal land which, under to US law, is permitted to offer and governed its own gambling outfits, Santa Ysabel has launched an online bingo platform and plans to add a poker axis to its site in the next few days. 

Following a soft-launch period during which free play games were offered, online gamers can now purchase real money bingo cards up to a value of $1. One of the ways the company appears to be bypassing US federal law is by running its client through a VPN which means "at no time is live bingo game action performed by the user."

Commenting on the issue, a spokesperson for the company told Pokerfuse: 

"Some believe our promise to bring regulated cash poker games to California has been a great big bluff, for any number of self-serving reasons."

At present it's not clear how long the site will remain open before the DOJ sizes up its legitimacy, but money appears to be changing hands already. In fact, despite the deposit instructions being relatively brief and somewhat unclear, the site does have some eager patrons willing to test out its real money functionality.



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California tribe launches real money gaming platform

The US online poker scene looks set to welcome a new "legal" platform in the coming days following the launch of a real money bingo site.

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