Rational Group announced today that they have managed to make an agreement with the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, beginning as soon as online poker legislation has been passed in the state. This means that Rational Group's biggest brand Pokerstars will be represented, despite the multiple issues Pokerstars has had getting into the regulated market in the US.
Te Morongo Band of Mission Indians has the world's three largest card clubs, the Commerce Club, the Hawaiian Gardens and the Bicycle Casino, who will support Pokerstars as a subcontractor. Pokerstars will simply deliver the poker platform and the related services to the tribe and card clubs, but they will have to do the actual operation of it.
The players in California can look forward to gaining access to what most players considers the best and most safe poker client in the world and a company infrastructure that is simply sublime. For now Pokerstars and the tribe will work together to advocate for legislation which will include intrastate poker, ensuring not only online poker games, but also stringent consumer protection and maximum potential revenue for the state.
“We’re pleased to announce our agreement with these established and proven organizations that represent millions of California poker players,” Robert Martin, Chairman of Morongo Band of Mission Indians said. “We’re confident that, together, we can offer a safe, secure, high-quality online poker experience that brings financial benefits to California while providing the highest level of accountability, choice, service and protection for consumers.”
The agreement should be seen as a long term partnership between the two organizations, working towards regulating online gaming in California and get intrastate poker. Once this will get approved the two will work together to obtain all the legal licenses and approvals to operate in California.
Pokerstars and the Morongo Bands of Mission Indians have created guiding principles, which they believe are the core essentials of any legislation of intrastate online poker.
· Extend California’s Strict Consumer Protections and High Standards of Accountability to Intrastate Real-Money Online Poker.
· Ensure that California and Californians Benefit From State-Authorized Online Poker.
· Require Stringent Regulatory Vetting of Operators and Subcontractors Before Authorizing Licenses, Using the Same Proven Statutory Suitability Criteria that Have Served California Well for Nearly Two Decades.
· Reject Attempts by Special Interests to Use the Legislature to Restrict Competition and Pick “Winners and Losers.”
“Efforts by a select few interests to rewrite longstanding and effective policy in order to gain a competitive market advantage or to lock out specific companies is not in the best interests of consumers or the state and will be vigorously opposed by our coalition, online poker players and many others,” Chairman Martin added to his statement.
“As operators of the world’s largest card clubs, we are excited to join Morongo and PokerStars to provide California players with familiar brands to choose from in a well-regulated online poker experience. California has a long history and deep expertise in regulating live poker and we look forward to working with legislators and our industry colleagues to pass a bill that enhances competition and consumer protection, while providing the state Gambling Control Commission and state Department of Justice with the regulatory tools, staff and other resources needed to apply their expertise in vetting and assessing the suitability of prospective operators and subcontractors, and providing strict ongoing regulatory oversight.” Attorney Keith Sharp said on behalf of the three card clubs.
Guy Templer, Group Director of Strategy and Business for Rational Group also commented the new partnership.
“PokerStars has a great history with California poker players, who want us in the market. We are the worldwide leader in regulated online poker and hold more national licenses than any other operator. We look forward to bringing our best practices in responsible gaming, online security, e-commerce, protection of players' funds and game integrity to the California market.”