COPA Selects Sciplay and Playtech as Its Online Poker Technology Providers

July 22, 2015 by Herman M. Miller | Filed under Uncategorized.

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contracts to operate the lottery systems for eleven U.S. COPA has

also signed a software licensing agreement with Playtech to provide

online poker software and related technology.


“Although we’ve been working on these agreements for months, the timing

really couldn’t be better as the federal indictments have removed the

largest offshore Internet poker operators from the California market and

further created the urgency for regulated online poker within the state

of California,” said Robert Martin, Chairman of the Morongo Band of

Mission Indians and a member of COPA’s Board of Managers. SB 40 also mandates strict log-in,

location and age verification programs to prevent underage or

out-of-state players from playing online poker.

A poll by Tulchin Research found 66% of California voters favor the

legalization of online poker, and, by a wider margin, 76% to 3%,

Californians prefer that online poker in the state be operated by tribes

and card clubs.

A new study by former California State Finance Director Tim Gage found

that by authorizing online poker, California will generate more than

$1.4 billion in new state revenue over the next decade – or 47% more

than previously estimated – as a result of the recent shutdown of three

of the largest illegal online poker sites from which the State received

no revenue.

In April, federal authorities indicted three of the world’s largest

online poker sites — PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker –

on charges of money-laundering, bank fraud and violating anti-gambling

statutes. lotteries, as

well as others in China, Germany, Spain, Norway and Switzerland. As California’s gaming partners, the tribes and card rooms of

COPA have proven to be responsible gaming operators, providing thousands

of jobs and billions in state revenues.

Scientific Games is a world leader in delivering gaming products and

services to government-regulated lotteries and gaming entities. Playtech

clients include William Hill, Sportech and Bet365 in the U.K. Every

week, more than 2 million Californians play online poker on illegal

offshore Web sites, leaving them vulnerable to fraud and theft.

COPA supports Senate Bill 40, introduced by California State Senator Lou

Correa in December of 2010 to authorize the state’s tribes and card

clubs to operate online poker. Founded in 1999,

Playtech’s technology powers over 80 operators worldwide, including the

world’s largest independent online poker network, “COPA will be

ready to launch live online Internet poker just as soon as the

legislature acts to authorize online poker in California.”

The agreements were the result of more than five months of due

diligence, in-depth analysis and discussions to create a platform

through which Californians can legally participate in intrastate online


In advance of such legislation, the agreements with Sciplay and

Playtech will enable COPA to offer internet poker in a free, “play for

fun” mode, which provides players with the opportunity to improve their

strategies and hone their skills for free. and

includes operators in newly regulated jurisdictions such as Italy,

Finland and France.

“Combining the world-class talents and technological expertise of

Playtech and Scientific Games with the collective experience of

California’s tribes and card clubs will ensure online poker players in

California are safe and protected once the state acts to authorize

online poker,” said Haig Papaian, President and CEO of Commerce Casino

and a member of COPA’s Board of Managers. This is planned for launch in


California is home to 60% of the nation’s online poker players. Last

month, federal authorities shut down 10 more illegal online gaming sites

in the U.S.

PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On the heels of ‘Black Friday’ and other recent shutdowns of illegal

Internet poker operators, the California Online Poker Association (COPA)

today announced it has selected Sciplay, a joint venture between

Scientific Games Corporation (NASDAQ – SGMS) and Playtech Limited (AIM -

PTEC), to be its provider of intrastate online poker services. “This partnership allows COPA

to deliver a top-notch online poker playing experience and capitalize on

years of regulated online gaming intelligence that the teams at Playtech

and Sciplay bring with them.”

SB 40 will protect California’s online poker players by enacting

rigorous protections that prevent the fraud and theft that currently

plagues illegal offshore sites. By requiring that all operations be

located in California, SB 40 maximizes both the potential economic

benefit to the State of California and safeguards for players and the


The California Online Poker Association (COPA) is a California LLC

consisting of 29 California tribal governments and 31

California-licensed card clubs operating more than 65% of the poker

tables authorized in California. Prosecutors shut down the offshore operators’ Web sites in the

U.S., and banned them from the U.S., creating a void in California. Founded

nearly 40 years ago, Scientific Games also supports over 120,000

terminals globally in its wide area gaming business, including video

lottery systems in Delaware, South Dakota, New Mexico, Maine, West

Virginia and Australia.

Playtech is an acclaimed international designer and developer of

market-leading online gaming software and technology. COPA is dedicated to the

development of a safe and secure option for Californians to play poker


Herman M. Miller

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