At a tribal casino in the Midwest, Kirk Warner stepped into poker history. Kirk, one of millions of US poker players, sat at a Tribal Poker Network touch screen, deposited $20 and participated in the first, live cross-casino network poker tournament. He was joined by five other players, some located at another native-owned casino more than 400 miles away.
"The game played as if we were all seated around the same table," said Kirk, a long time poker player. "From a player’s point of view it’s the same game of poker but faster, and it’s a lot of fun," he added.
The new poker network, the first of its kind, also has Native American Casino operators smiling. "This creates a tremendous opportunity for us," commented Kristine Zich, Marketing Director for Lac Vieux Desert Resort Casino. "Typically we can only open our live poker room during peak times when we have enough players to get a game going. Sometimes players come in, sign up for a waiting list and never get to play. Now, with the Tribal Poker Network, a single player can wander in and find a game on the network while he waits. It’s found money," she stated.
Offering Sit and Go tournaments, ring games and a variety of stakes, the network consolidates the demand for game play and creates liquidity. There’s always a game on.
"Tribes are excited about it," said Dennis Wilcox, Vice-President of Sales at Tribal Poker Network. "There’s an unmet demand for poker play out there and our network helps casinos exploit it profitably," he said.
Executives at TPN estimate that they will soon triple the number of seats in the network. "It’s great that we have proven our technology with an operational network," commented Roy Weiss, Executive at TPN. "Now we can focus on discussions with potential distribution and financial partners to help us greatly expand the network," he concludes.
The Tribal Poker Network is a privately held gaming company based in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Membership in the network is exclusive to Native American Casinos.