Tuesday, February 14, 2017

California Online Poker Stalls Out

Online Poker Futility Serves As A Lesson To California Tribes On Embracing Technology In A Changing Industry


By Dave Palermo

Tribal leaders and gambling industry executives are pessimistic of success in getting online poker enacted in the two-year legislative cycle that began in January, largely because of lingering differences over the licensing suitability of PokerStars.

“There is no evidence that the tribes have reconciled that or even demonstrated a willingness to do so,” said Jim Ryan, CEO of Pala Interactive, an enterprise of the Pala Band of Mission Indians.

“Everything I’m being told is that the legislators in Sacramento have been exhausted by the issue. So in the absence of a material catalyst I think iPoker is certainly going nowhere fast.”

Pala and the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut operate websites offering real-money gambling and social gaming, where players pay for credits to play casino games that do not produce jackpots.

“In the past 3½ years many tribes have provided social gaming offerings over the internet,” Ryan said, including several California Indian bands.

Economists believe the annual North American social gambling market is approaching $4 billion in annual revenue.

Read the full article at the link above for more information.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

More Murders

mynewsla.com - Daughter fears worst: Mom’s traveling companion dead on Soboba Indian Reservation

The daughter of a Hemet woman who went missing a week ago and whose traveling companion was found dead on the Soboba Indian Reservation said Monday she fears her mother was a witness to murder and suffered dire consequences.

Kathleen Ann Haney, 56, was last seen on the night of Jan. 22, when she drove her daughter’s friend, 27-year-old Kyle Nathan Cagey of Pala, to the Soboba Casino.

Haney’s van was discovered the following day, burning on the reservation. Cagey’s remains were found a day later in a riverbed east of Castille Canyon. He had been murdered, though Riverside County sheriff’s officials declined to disclose how.

“I think my mother was collateral damage because she was a witness to whatever happened to him,” Michelle Haney told KABC7. “My mother would have never given a ride to someone if she knew they were dangerous.”

Sheriff’s Sgt. Walter Mendez said last week Kathleen Haney was considered a “missing at-risk person,” and that detectives had turned up no clues regarding her whereabouts.

Michelle Haney said Cagey and her mother had gone to the casino so that he could obtain money from a relative, but that person was apparently a no- show.

According to Michelle Haney, investigators have assured her they’re following up leads, but they’re no longer looking for her mother on the reservation.

“I don’t understand why,” she said.

Anyone with information on Kathleen Ann Haney’s whereabouts was asked to contact the sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at (951) 393-3529.

–City News Service

myvalleynews.com - Missing woman possible victim of foul play

SAN JACINTO – A man whose remains were found on the Soboba Indian Reservation near San Jacinto was the victim of a homicide, and concerns were mounting today (Jan. 27) about the welfare of a woman with whom he was traveling, sheriff’s officials said.

The body of Kyle Nathan Cagey, 27, of Pala was discovered Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 25, in a riverbed east of Castille Canyon, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
The cause of death was not disclosed.

Sgt. Walter Mendez said detectives had initiated a search for Cagey and 56-year-old Kathleen Ann Haney of Hemet a day earlier, after a car that the two had been using was found ablaze on the reservation.

Detectives have turned up no clues as to where Haney might be, classifying her as a “missing at-risk person,” Mendez said.

Haney is white, of average height, with brown hair and green eyes, according to information provided by sheriff’s officials.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit at (951) 393-3529.