PrivateTable Real Money Launch Delayed At Least A Week
A few weeks back, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel announced its intention to offer real money online poker in California, even in the absence of legislation legalizing the industry. At the time, a spokesperson for the tribe estimated that the site, PrivateTable, would be open to process cash transactions by last Thursday, but it seems that the initial timeframe has been delayed by at least a week.
Poker writer John Mehaffey reported on the change after contacting PrivateTable support, who told him that the site would be opening for real money play during the first week of September. “We are making the final preparations,” a different site representative told PokerUpdate. “We are still double and triple checking everything and until that is all done we are not setting a date.”
Delays are not uncommon for companies launching complex software products, especially those that handle cash transactions like an online poker site.
Once the real money flood gates are opened, PrivateTable plans to offer Texas hold ‘em and Omaha cash games, along with sit-and-gos and multitable tournaments. Other games like Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud High/Low and 32 Card Poker appear inside the client, but do not yet show games available in the lobby.
Currently, the site only allows play chip games, but plans to process its real money transactions through FinPay, a virtual payment system. The FinPay site was recently updated to allow players to create accounts, which require the entry of a Social Security number. Players will also be able to make deposits and withdrawals at the tribe’s Smoke Shop located on lands in Santa Ysabel, California.
In late July, the Iipay Nation decided to take matters into its own hands and open the site after efforts to legalize the game for a fifth year fizzled. The tribe claims that it has the legal right to open up an online gaming site without the need to be licensed by the state.
A site representative promised to follow up with a press release soon.