The Foxwoods Resort Casino Connecticut has this week announce a deal with the GameAccount Network which will see the two companies working together to provide an online gaming solution for the US market. Foxwood's owners, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation stated that initially only play money games will be offered, until legislation allows otherwise. There will of course be the usual regulatory approval for the deal to be able to commence and be signed off however there's high hopes that all will be well and that a site will be launched at some point this year. This will eventually lead to a turnkey offering for other Indian owned casinos and operators.
It's a little too early for talk of when a real money operation would be available as real money online gambling has not been discussed in the state and as of yet there has been no word on whether in fact it will be. As it stands at the moment the only three states allowing real money online gambling are Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada, and maybe this is a deal with one eye on the future. The deal has however pleased both parties with Rodney Butler, the chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation saying that, “The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is thrilled to announce our proposed partnership with GameAccount. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe has long been a leader in brick-and-mortar casino operations, and with the help of GameAccount, we aim to take the same leadership position in regulated online gaming in the US. Our shared vision unites GameAccount's technical capabilities with our Foxwoods brand and our leadership in casino management.” Dermot Smurfit is equally happy, "We're delighted that this experience and our unique capabilities will support our new strategic partner Foxwoods as they build a new Internet gaming business in one of the World's most exciting emerging regulated Internet gaming markets." It's great news and now it's over to the lawmakers to make a few changes, only time will tell.