United States of America – 1, Tribal online gambling – 0.
The U.S. government has emerged victorious in its long-drawn-out legal battle against the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel in California over the tribal nation’s online gambling operations.
In 2014, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel hit the headlines when they launched the Desert Bingo site, which offered online bingo. The tribe followed it up with the launch of its own real-money online poker site called Private Table.
This, predictably, resulted in all hell breaking loose, with both state and federal authorities filing separate lawsuits to shut down the tribe’s operations. The two parties alleged that the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel’s various gambling operations failed to protect patrons who were physically located outside of the tribal grounds from accessing the platforms.