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Tribes Schedule Online Gambling Conference

Native American tribes will hold a conference this summer that focuses on both the challenges and opportunities that tribal gaming interests are expected to face in the realm of online gambling. has teamed up with the Spectrum Gaming Group as co-presenters of a conference at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California on June 3-4. is a website devoted to native American news, while Spectrum is a company with a specialized focus in gaming research and analysis.

With tribes all over the U.S. still not in complete agreement over whether online gambling will prove to be beneficial to their land-based casinos, Victor Rocha, the owner of, saw that the issue needed to be addressed.

“I felt there was an urgent need for us to look beyond the current debate on online gaming and focus on the entire industry, including the myriad of business opportunities that will be created by iGaming and e-commerce,” Rocha told the Indian Country Today Media Network. “Creating this conference is my way of pulling back the curtains and demonstrating that every tribe in the country can have a role and an opportunity to benefit in some real and direct way.”

The conference is titled “Indian Country Online: The 2013 Congress” and is promoting the theme of “No Tribe Left Behind.” Rocha encourages gaming industry professionals and the leaders of tribes to attend. While the conference agenda is not yet set in stone, registration and sponsorship opportunities are available at

Experts in the gaming industry are scheduled to present information at the conference advising tribes how to cope with the financial, technological and regulatory issues that online gambling creates. Rocha believes the conference is “sure to be a transformative event in the history of tribal gaming.”



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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.