GTECH G2 has signed a play money poker contract with San Diego-based Barona Resort and Casino with eyes on prospective regulation in California. The deal is similar to the one SciPlay, a joint venture between Scientifc Games and Playtech, and COPA, a lobby group representing tribal and casino interests in the state, announced in June.
Both Playtech and GTECH will have to wait to profit from real money play, however. Last month California Senate President Darrell Steinberg revealed that legislation would not be passed until 2012 at the earliest. A hearing will be held by the Senate Governmental Organization Committee in January to discuss prospective proposals.
In a letter on August 22 to intrastate gambling interests including card rooms, tribes and racetracks, Steinberg said: “We believe the concept of bringing intrastate internet gaming to California has merit and is worth pursuing in a smart, methodical way. However, despite many hearings and hours of testimony around the issue, significant unresolved issues remain, including tribal exclusivity and waiver of sovereignty immunity, the types of games that would be authorized, and who would be eligible to apply for licenses and potential federal constitutional questions.”