Bwin.party readying themselves for the US market!
The group behind PartyPoker has struck a deal with a Californian tribe that will secure them a gaming license if and when online gets legalized in the state.
It's only matter of time before online poker gets legalized in the States again - or so they think at the PartyPoker HQ.
Yesterday the publicly traded company behind PartyPoker, Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment plc, announced a 10-year-deal with United Auburn Indian Community (UAIC) with the aim of offering online poker in California as soon as the law permits it.
United Auburn Indian Community runs the Thunder Valley Casino Resort near Sacramento and they're a qualified license applicant.
The deal struck between the two companies comes into effect the day the law is passed.
"California is the largest state in the U.S. in terms of population and is known to have a significant number of poker players who like to play poker online. Combining our own significant assets and resources with those of UAIC will create a strong partnership that is well-placed to seize the opportunities that will arise if appropriate online poker legislation is enacted in the Golden State," said bwin.party co-CEO's Jim Ryan and Norbert Teufelberger in a statement.
"We see the legalization of Internet poker and other Internet gaming as being inevitable. Having met with representatives from a number of different online gaming companies, bwin.party was our first choice as partner. With its unrivalled expertise in online poker, proven technology and player loyalty we are confident of being able to maximize the revenue opportunity from a regulated online poker market in California and to continue to enhance the long-term prosperity of our community," added David Keyser of UAIC.