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Tribes Mulling Online Gambling Partnerships

13 October 2011 by admin

connecticut-location-mapAs reported yesterday on OnlineCasinoSuite.com, free poker websites are being used to influence policy in California, trying to lead to online poker regulation in the Golden State. It is not only happening in California, though. Two tribal casinos located in Connecticut are also exploring partnerships with online gambling companies as a way of getting a leg up on the competition in the event that the U.S. opts to regulate the industry.

Has been reported that Foxwoods Casino, owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, and the Mohegan Sun Casino, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, are close to reaching deals with overseas online gambling operators. Foxwoods is working out a deal with Sportingbet, an online betting company located in England, while the Mohegan Sun is in talks with various online gambling companies.

The plan for both tribal casino owners is to launch free-play online casinos or poker sites in the United States. The hope is that the companies will generate a customer base and name recognition through the free online sites, which they could parlay into profits if and when new regulation allows them to launch real-money gambling sites.

Bill Satti, the director of public relations for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, would not comment on the discussions, but did say that the tribe is investigating online gambling possibilities due to the “significant momentum and discussion it has garnered recently in the U.S.”

Chuck Bunnell, chief of staff for the Mohegan Tribe, said that the entire gambling industry is looking at changes in Europe and the United States in regards to possible liberalization and regulation of gambling laws. “Part of our due diligence is to prepare for that possibility,” he said.

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