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.
Stakelogic lifted the curtain on several new creations by celebrating the opening of its live studio in Malta and releasing a website for its division. This expansion will be part of a broader effort to move from a B2B slot machine studio to a casino content provider for all participants, including gamers. Stakelogic Live is expected to be the brand's “core engine” and to become a leader in the world of live dealer casinos.
Playtech has signed a deal to supply Jumpman Gaming with bingo games, strengthening its partnership with the casino chain. According to the agreement, Jumpman will add its latest partner’s content to its library of games. The deal includes games from the Age of the Gods series and a set of 9 games such as Tiki Paradise: Masks of Mayhem and Fruity Burst.
Delighted to Extend Partnership
Relax Gaming (RG), a leading provider and aggregator of online casino games, has struck a deal with casino provider, Ellmount Gaming. The agreement will significantly expand RG’s industry presence. As part of the recently signed partnership, Relax will supply its newest partner's CasinoRoom platform with exclusive online casino games. The agreement includes titles such as Top Dawg$, Dead Man's Trail, and Money Train 2.