Santa Ysabel launches online poker site in California

14 July 2014

Santa Ysabel Interactive, an enterprise of the Santa Ysabel Tribal Development Corporation, has launched the first regulated tribal online poker website in the US state of California.

Launched from the Tribe’s reservation east of San Diego, is accessible to adult residents in the state who register through the website.

Santa Ysabel Interactive said the new website will serve as a legal alternative to unregulated illegal gambling website that are operated from offshore locations.

As part of the launch, Santa Ysabel Interactive has teamed up with the Kahnawake Gaming Commission to establish an inter-jurisdictional agreement in order to host a portion of Santa Ysabel’s interactive gaming structure in the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake.

Dave Vialpando, spokesperson for Santa Ysabel Interactive, said: “We’re looking forward to the opportunity to expanding upon the lipay Nation of Santa Ysabel’s successful track record in the regulated gaming industry.

“The Gaming Commission has applied its years of experience to ensure the integrity of the games when designing the framework for Santa Ysabel Interactive’s ipoker website.”

Tribes in California have been involved with gaming in the state since Proposition 1A was passed in 1999.

In 2003, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel negotiated a Tribal-State gaming compact with California and operated the Santa Ysabel Casino from the Tribe’s reservation. 

According to the tribe, the regulatory structure of the Santa Ysabel Gaming Commission is more stringent than the regulatory requirements in both California igaming legislative proposals currently under consideration. 

“The Tribe supports the effort by the Legislature to enact interactive gambling legislation in the State, but has decided to rely on the tribal sovereignty and the provisions of the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) offer ipoker from the Tribe’s reservation,” Vialpando said.

“Santa Ysabel Interactive currently has no plans to offer Internet-based slot machines or banked-games through its website,, but will consider offering other gaming consistent with IGRA.”

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