John Mehaffey

PrivateTableThe Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel tribe in California has launched an online poker site through an interactive company. The website is Privatetable.com and it will be operated by Santa Ysabel Interactive. The site is already live for play money.  It may launch for real money as soon as July 14, according to Martin Owens, as reported by Marco Valerio.

Santa Ysabel Interactive announced its plan to launch real money online poker, but will not spread house-banked casino games. The company is doing this even though California has yet to enact regulations that allow online poker in the state.

According to a press release, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel tribe “is exerting its sovereign right under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGA) to regulate and conduct Class II gaming from the tribe’s reservation”.  The press release also includes a list of frequently asked questions related to its operations.

PrivateTable requires players to be at least 18 years of age to create a real money account.  This is different than the minimum age of 21 required by the three existing regulated states and bills pending in California.  Players must be in California to sit at real money tables.

PrivateTable Banking

PrivateTable will utilize FinPay, short for Financial Payment Network, to process payments. Deposit and withdrawal methods posted on the FinPay website include credit cards, electronic checks, and Bitcoin.  A FinPay card is provided that may be used anywhere major credit cards are accepted, according to the company’s website. Players may also deposit and withdraw at the tribe’s smoke shop during normal business hours.

FinPay appears to be a new website.  The history provided by the Wayback Machine shows the date of the first live archive of the site as May 17, 2014. The domain was created in September 2012 and expires in September 2014. The last update was March 27, 2014, according to a whois search.

One banking feature offered by PrivateTable that is not available at regulated U.S. sites is player-to-player transfers. Players must earn 3.3 Status Points for every $1 transferred to withdraw or transfer money received through this method.

PrivateTable Software

Privatetable.com is using software licensed by IG Soft. This is the current name of the company previously known as Dobrosoft. The platform was first used by Americas Cardroom in 2001.  At one point, there were dozens of Dobrosoft skins.  Some had standalone platforms.  Former Dobrosoft sites include Fabulous Poker, Delta Poker, Poker World, Miami Poker, Choice Poker, Full Contact Poker, and Poker Shootout.

The IG Soft platform used by PrivateTable may be familiar to some players. It is currently used by the Winning Poker Network.  Skins on that network include Americas Cardroom, True Poker, and Black Chip Poker.

John Mehaffey
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