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California Tribe Gets Compact For Casino

Governor Reaches Deal With The Karuk Tribe


A new tribal casino is on its way in the state of California, according to California’s governor reportedly has signed an agreement with the Karuk Tribe to allow for a casino in Yreka — located near California-Oregon border.

The compact allows the tribe to operate 1,500 slot machines.

The Golden State has dozens of card rooms and tribal casinos.

Nevada-based Station Casinos is currently waiting to see if it can be involved with another tribe’s bid to build a brand new casino in the state, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Tribal gaming in the United States saw revenue of $27.9 billion in 2012, which was the best year ever for the industry. California is the top tribal gaming state in the country.

U.S. commercial casinos saw revenue of about $10 billion more than the tribes.

Some in California want online poker to be legalized. However, the tribes and card rooms in the state can’t come to a consensus on how it should be run.

Since California has a population of 38 million (about the size of Canada), many foreign online gaming firms and U.S.-based casino operators would love to be involved, but that is also another huge topic of debate within the online poker talks.

There will be big winners and big losers thanks to games going to the web in California, so it obviously is a very sensitive issue. The idea that online games could benefit everyone is completely bogus. There are also opponents to all forms of gambling, people who make the case that online poker would further damage the lives of the poor and vulnerable.

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