There are currently two bills that have been proposed to California lawmakers in recent months and currently both seem to be stalled. Senator Lou Correa has a bill that would basically authorize intrastate poker on a set number of platforms while Senator Rod Wright has a broader based platform and includes an emergency clause that gives it a high priority to be heard.
While this legislation seems to be stuck, the California Online Poker Association (COPA) which is a coalition backed by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians have already selected a company to provide their online poker service: Sciplay and signed a software licensing agreement with Playtech.
Robert Martin, Morongo chairman and a member of COPA’s board of managers said that with the recent FBI indictments, the timing of this deal was perfect. With the largest off-shore internet poker sites removed, it provides a great opportunity and urgency for California to regulate online poker.
Martin had already claimed that the coalition had been working on this deal for months and now it is in place, COPA is in a position to launch online poker sites in California as soon as legislation is passed. Until that time however, Sciplay and Playtech said the COPA sites will launch in the months to come offering a free play for fun option.
Lightning Box has bolstered its collaboration with Ruby Seven Studios by adding new titles to its casino games portfolio. The Lightning Horseman slot machine, which is one of Light & Wonder's in-house studios, will be introduced to free-to-play social casinos by the slot specialist. In the months ahead, it will release Phoenix Coins, a new game, as well as additional titles.
Swiss online gaming operator, 7 Melons, has integrated content from fellow iGaming supplier, Pariplay, as part of a new partnership between Grand Casino Bern and Pariplay. The latter recently rebranded its studio to Wizard Games, and under the terms of the agreement, a selection of Wizard's gaming titles, including its latest release, Dogwood Magic, as well as popular Pariplay hits such as Mystery Fox and Power of Gods, will be made available to 7 Melons players.
Under the terms of the agreement, Stakelogic Live will supply its entire suite of games to Relax Gaming (RG) customers via its Silver Bullet platform, which is used by some of the largest operators in the industry. The games will be made available in a variety of languages, including English, German and Finnish. Stakelogic Live launched its first game, Auto-Roulette, in December 2020 and has rapidly grown its portfolio to include a wide range of popular live casino games.