Bally Technologies has just inked a deal to supply its iGaming software and mobile casino software to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (CTCR). CTCR operates 3 different casinos in the state of Washington: Mill Bay, Coulee Dame and Okanogan Bingo.
While not supplying any real details to the public as of yet, what we do know is that the deal will provide Washington casinos with online free-to-play poker, slots and various table games – a move that has many wondering if, perhaps, Washington has its eye on the prize where interstate poker is concerned. In case you’re wondering, that would be Nevada.
Interestingly enough, Nevada has legislature in place that allows the Governor of Nevada to make deals on interstate real money online poker. Effectively, Nevada is currently writing out law details regarding the interstate poker provisions that make the state eligible to enter into agreement with other states to allow online poker for real money gambling. And since California is a major candidate for interstate poker via Nevada, we gotta ask: Could Washington be gearing up as well?
While the Bally deal with CTCR only provides software for free play at this point, there is a great likelihood that the partnership will expand into real money online gambling if and when legislation to regulate online gambling is passed in Washington. As it stands, Bally’s platform will allow CTCR to provide custom iPhone, iPod and Android apps using the Bally play-for-fun platform.
The deal between the two companies represents the very first iGaming agreement announced in the state of Washington. With so much development between the online gambling and land-based casino industries, we can all but guarantee there is more to come with this new ground-breaking deal.
Bally Technologies is certainly moving and shaking. In other related news, Laura Olson-Reyes – Senior Director of Corporate Marketing and Communications with Bally – was named a 2012 Great Women of Gaming (Proven Leader) merit from Casino Enterprise Management Magazine.