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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Corrupt Pala Tribe Hires Accused Card Cheater Phil Ivey for New Online Venture

The optics aren't good are they?


Professional poker player Phil Ivey is set to be the frontman for a joint venture between the Pala Band of Mission Indians and former bwin.party CEO Jim Ryan, pokerfuse PRO has learned.

The new entity, Pala Interactive, plans to offer online poker and casino games in California upon regulation within the state. And though the deal is currently limited to potential offerings in California, the agreement could be extended beyond the state at a later date.

Pala Interactive is slated to use software provided by Realtime Edge Software (RTE), a company that lists bwin.party, GTECH, RocketFrog and ClubWPT among its clients.

The company Pala Interactive LLC was registered in February 2013, public records show. Susan Basinger, an Attorney who lists the Pala Band of Mission Indians as a previous client, is the registered agent for the business. The domain PalaInteractive.com was registered in January.

Phil Ivey, a sponsored pro at Full Tilt prior to Black Friday, is today the face of Ivey Poker. The new venture acquired poker training site LeggoPoker, built an impressive roster of pros, and this week launched a social poker app on Facebook. The California deal is an unrelated brand agreement.

IVEY was accused of cheating a London Casino:

Mayfair club Crockfords says professional poker player Phil Ivey, dubbed "the Tiger Woods of poker,"  cheated playing punto banco - a  form of bacarrat favoured by James Bond.

He is said to have pulled off the scam in four sessions over the August Bank Holiday weekend last year.

In one of the biggest legal battle in casino history, the 185-year-old casino is fighting a legal demand by Mr Ivey that it should pay out.

The 37-year-old from Las Vegas insists he won fair and square and that the casino should honour its commitment.

But in legal papers lodged at the High Court, Crockfords claimed Mr Ivey had spotted asymmetrical designs on the back of cards caused by cutting errors.

It says he then used "superstition" to stack the cards in the pack to press home his advantage and bet increasing amounts over two days.

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

Online gaming sounds good and all but how much is actually going to the tribe and how much is going to Robert and his partners. Also when Internet gaming takes off tribal members are gonna ask for a raise in percap. How is Robert gonna say no? The usual "the economy is bad" "nobody is gambling anymore" "the lawsuits are costing the tribe" even though said lawsuits have nothing to do with the tribe and are against Robert and fellow council members personally. If the economy is so bad then how is Harrahs down the street building an entire new hotel and adding on to the casino. Robert those lies ain't gonna last forever better start coming up with new ones why there is no extra money. Or the few that actually believe you are gonna realize what most already know "Your spending,stealing and partners are taking it all"!!!

Reinstatement_Restitution said...

Good question as to how much will go to the tribe. I don't think there are any requirements to share online gaming proceeds among tribal members. Does anyone know if the NIGC even regulates tribal online gaming? Unless the Pala General Council demands accurate financial reports prepared by an outside accounting agency, tribal members won't even know how much income will be generated. Instead they will get the usual statement that their investment was lost.

Anonymous said...

Don't Pala members have the right to see the books?

Anonymous said...

Wow....corruption infused council and an alleged cheater.

Anonymous said...

No Pala members don't. We used to get a budget packet at the end of the year but Robert stopped it and said because people were showing it to outsiders. We now take the EC's word for all profits,budgets and spending. Even after losing 10 million dollar investment the EC says we lost it and its left at that. We ask Teresa Nieto how the rodeo did 3 months after and she looks thru her computer like she doesn't know what to say then says we're still adding that all up. Next month meeting she says we broke about even and that's that. If we really did make money on the rodeo or where it went only the EC knows. Tribes have become just like the Middle East.

Reinstatement_Restitution said...

Pala members have the right to know, and to be provided with accurate financial reports. Robert Smith refuses to provide these reports because he says that the information is confidential. Brittain descendants have repeatedly requested true financial reports. This, probably more than any other reason, is why we were disenrolled.

Anonymous said...

Did the general council approve the hiring of this gambling crook,
Phil Ivey?

Anonymous said...

NO THEY DIDNT JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHER BULLSH$$ EVERYONE TURNS A BLIND EYE TO IT ALL. WHEN THE HELL ARE YOU GENERAL COUNCIL PEOPLE GUNNA WAKE UP AND SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING TO YOUR TRIBE IT IS FALLING APART AND YOU DONT EVEN CARE. AND THAT IS A SHAME YOU ALL SHOULD BE A SHAMED OF YOURSELVES. NO ONE GOES TO THE MEETINGS YOU ALL NEED TO GO AND START ASKING QUESTIONS MAKE THEM SHOW YOU WHY ALL THE INVESTMENTS ARE NO GOOD THEY ALL CANT BE BAD WAKE UP PEOPLE GO TO THE MEETINGS FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING ON THERE IS A MEETING TOMORROW THAT IS WEDNESDAY JULY 10, AT 7:00 BE THERE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The tribe is falling apart? Blah, blah, blah. Sounds like chicken little-- "the sky is falling" or the boy who cried wolf. I have heard this for well over a year. Keep telling everyone they are next because more disenrollments are coming guaranteed. We who belong are still here. Nice cap letters. You are all a joke.

Anonymous said...

4:28 speaks the truth. 9:49 you can stop the caps it only makes you look desperate and stupid. I disagree with your statements. You say now that the Brittain family is gone, everything is going to heck. You and your family are nothing more than leaches trying to get back into free money. Come on admit it.

Stop telling everyone they will be the next disenrolled. Accept your fate and just move on.

Anonymous said...

5:01pm, i hope you are ready to accept you fate.

Anonymous said...

At 5:01, you are such a hypocrite . Aren't you and your family getting free money? All the evidence is there. MB is 4/4. Everyone knows it. Robert chose to dissenroll a family that has already been thoroughly researched back in the 80's. So there is a lot of evidence that shows MB is 4/4.

Reinstatement_Restitution said...

To @ 5:01 PM:

All you want is free money and to keep the disenrollees from sharing in it. You are actually willing to let your people be split apart just to have a few more bucks. That is true greed.

Now tell us, what is your great contribution to the tribe? I don't know who you are because you don't have the courage to identify yourself, but you are probably one of the blood-sucking leeches that has propped up Robert Smith all these years while he rips off the tribe.

At least the Brittains were speaking up and trying to make things better. You probably don't have a job, spend all your money on cars and drugs, and enjoy seeing innocent people getting dragged through the dirt. I hope you have kneepads, because Robert Smith will have you crawling to him begging for crumbs some day while he laughs all the way to the bank.

Anonymous said...

I'm a disenrolled and all it did was take away my right to vote against corruption and my percap but I'm still Pala. I live down here I hang out with everyone I'm still Pala. I was Pala before the money I'm Pala after it. 4 other tribal members can't take away who I am by voting amongst themselves I still say I'm from Pala. The only difference is I lost a few extra's. I know once the greed and corruption is off the council I will be reinstated its only a matter of time and until then I'm still living my life as a tribal member.

Anonymous said...

WHY DOES USING CAPITAL LETTER MAKE ME YOU DESPERATE JUST TRING TO MAKE YOU DUMB ASS WHO STILL GET FREE MONEY STOP FOR A SECOND AND LOOK AROUND I THINK YOU ARE THE LEACHES STILL SUCKING ROBS DI$$!!!! AND I DIDNT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT AND THE TRIBE IS GOING TO HE** YOU WILL ALL BE BROKE IN A YEAR OR SO IF YOU DONT OPEN YOUR EYES AND SEE WHAT ROBERT SMITH AND THE REST OF THE EC ARE DOING TO YOU AND YOUR FREE MONEY AND YOU WILL BE THE ONE LOOKING STUPID.

Anonymous said...

At tonights meeting, Robber Smith got a dose of reality.He tried to have King banished from the tribe for 2 years, but it got voted down by a vote of 70 for,& 107 against.

Anonymous said...

who won vice chair for Pala?

Anonymous said...

Howard Maxcy, won the vice chair.
I hope he stays away from the happy
porn stores.

Anonymous said...

He'll do good. As long it wasn't Kilma trying to get back in again. Trying to buy the people vote to win last night. He just a yes man and seem to be for himself and not for the people. He only does what he was told to do. Need to find a pair

Anonymous said...

so there you go. one down. work your plan through the new guy. I am sure he will support your effort to get you back in.

Anonymous said...

You people are a joke. You had a new election to the EC and yet no huge cheers. I guess you really don't care other than to bitch about your life. I guess you really do want to be given everything. I suggest at this point you sell everything you own on ebay!! That may keep you going.

Anonymous said...

THEY DON'T HAVE ANYTHING I WOULD BUY, ESPECIALLY FROM EBAY,

Anonymous said...

Just because we don't say it on the blogs does not mean we are not cheering. You are the joke, looking for something that you can cut down if we did cheer. We are connected by more than just this blog and we are not laying down our sword. We are elated over the fact that Leroy resigned, but of course he was probably forced to by Robert and that Kilma could not buy his way in and we have congratulated Howard and wish him to do a great job, what a Vice Chair should do, and the fact that King was not sanctioned is extremely fantastic. It saddens us that Robert and his brother even tried to do that to King in the first place. Congrats to Howard and hopefully it is the beginning to the end of Robert, Theresa, Kilma, and Dion.

Anonymous said...

6:27pm.You only cheer in private because you are losing the fight in public. I love the analogy to the sword you must be a little hobbit type guy. I am glad your woman likes that type.

Reinstatement_Restitution said...

We cheer in public, among each other, and to anyone who will listen. Each time Robert Smith's evil agenda is foiled a victory is scored for the future of Pala.

Congratulations Howard! Please honor your vows of office, and work for the betterment of the people.

Anonymous said...

@6:47PM wow you can spell analogy, you must be proud, and boy are you off base. You must have small man syndrome, you have to talk big to make us think you are important. I did not say we were cheering in private, we are cheering, only you can't hear it, because your ears are too full of your own crap that you walk around saying.

Anonymous said...

NEWS ALERT!!!
Tribal insider (sorry cant say who) speaks out about Pala's finances or lack of. They basically said Pala's BROKE! Chairman Smith and Treasurer Nieto will not show tribal funds or other accounts besides the casino profits which are provided at monthly meetings. This is because they cannot allow the tribe to see how much is in these accounts because the tribes reserve account is empty and they take money from these interest bearing accounts. Also the rumor about the EC taking out a loan for Christmas bonuses last year is true. The tribe didn't have the money to give the minimum bonus that's why they didn't let the people vote on the bonus like they have been. My response the current EC is running Pala into the ground soon there will be nothing left we'll end up like Chukchansi. We as the general membership need to stand up and ask more questions, demand answers, the EC works for us.

Reinstatement_Restitution said...

To 1:30PM:

We have long been concerned about the financial status of the tribe because their is no accurate financial reporting.

Kilma Lattin says there are outside revenue streams in an article in the LA Weekly. This money is not accounted for in per-capita distribution. That means the Pala Executive Committee uses it all and doesn't share with the rest of the tribe.

The tribe is supposed to maintain a reserve for unforseen circumstances in order to keep up payments for loans taken out to expand the casino. If the reserve is depleted it may be a violation of NIGC regulations.

The General Council should order an investigation if any of this information regarding depleted reserves, loans to payout bonuses, interest not reported or included in tribal distributions, is true.

One thing that is evident is that interest paid on accounts is never reported. That interest is being used by the Executive Committee for themselves, and they do not share it with the tribe, or invest it to create diversified revenue streams to enrich the tribe.

Can you say misappropriation of funds?

Anonymous said...

July 10, 5:01 PM is Cindy Leal.

Anonymous said...

Fuck that cunt she isn't even cupa.

Anonymous said...

Too funny you little red boys. I noticed since Palawatch made you put your names on you stopped your BS. No balls, just blow. This may be cindy but you will never know. I am enjoying my money I deserve and you don't.

Anonymous said...

Fuck you cunt,your not Cupa or old Pala.

Reinstatement_Restitution said...

And they say we are greedy.

We always knew it wasn't about blood degree, but instead was about stealing tribal benefits from legitimate tribal members.

Let the evidence speak for itself! Margarita Brittain was full blood, we belong to Pala, Robert Smith wanted to take our benefits away and hurt us, and there are Pala members that gloating because they get the money and we don't.

Anonymous said...

Blah blah--R&R How do you know I am a member?

Too funny. step up and tell me your names, you already think you know who I am. I don't need to ID me. R&R you are the first or maybe your brother PJ?

Anonymous said...

I would like to hear from the B family other than the usual BS. tired of hearing from R&R, he must be a preacher. Maybe the guy from the news article will speak up. give his name and what he thinks.

Anonymous said...

@4:53, you said you were a member who receives money in your 6:07 comment, don't you read your own comments? R&R is right, that is why he bugs you so much. People always get defensive and irritated when the truth is in their face, and if you want names so badly put yours down and then maybe others will put theirs in. Why do you have a problem with the disenrolled, are they hurting you, did they take something of yours, did they rob you of your tribal rights, your health care, your heritage? How does it affect you personally whether they are enrolled or not? If they were reinstated would that hurt you, take away your tribal rights, your health care, your heritage? Really, what is it to you? To the disenrolled it is everything they have always known and it is hurting them. The only people who would be truly affected would be those who are in the Executive Committee and those who are illegitimately enrolled. That must be you.

Reinstatement_Restitution said...

It is so pathetic that the people who have wronged us are always trying to say we are at fault. All I can do is keep working for reinstatement for the disenrolled, to speak the truth, and to point out the lies. I am no preacher, just one of the disenrollees that wants there to be some balance in the conversation.

You got any facts or evidence to back up your trash talk? Or is this the same kind of useless words that always seems to pour out of the mouths of those that have no facts, no evidence, and no good reason to hurt good people.

I am not expecting a reply. It is obvious that the best you can do is put your foot in your mouth.

Anonymous said...

R&R.

Much like you, we(Non EC) can only share some much information. It appears that I have hit a bad note with you. I am sorry that you call my commentary "trash talk". You really need to re-read the commentary of your family. Threats and lies are the majority of what is written. I can understand why Palawatch was shut done for a period. The threats need to stop.

We are a tribe and you are not part of it, just accept that.

Reinstatement_Restitution said...

To 4:26pm:

My comments were directed at the anonymous person who said they deserve the money and we don't. That is trash talk. If that was you, then the shoe fits.

I am not responsible for what anyone else says. Threats and lies is the majority of what is written as you say, and that seems to come from both sides of the issue.

I belong to a tribe that illegally disenrolled me. The BIA says I belong. They support the 4/4 blood degree of Margarita Brittain, but found a reason why they won't get involved.

Meanwhile Robert Smith has added people to the rolls that truly don't belong, unlike us descendents of Margarita Brittain who can prove our blood degree. How does that make the tribe better?

As tired as people are of hearing my comments, they have yet to show any evidence that disenrollments were the right thing to do, that they are supported by evidence, and have been good for the people of Pala.

The disenrollments were just a vindictive action meant to take away the benefits of rightful tribal members and inflict injury on my family.

You should just accept it and embrace our return. We could actually work for positive change if you gave us a chance.

Anonymous said...

I have only seen evidence from the disenrolled how come the other side hasn't posted anything to back their comments of the Britten family not belonging? As a third party I would have to go with the side that has actually provided evidence and not the side that is just making personal comments.

Anonymous said...

It bothers me that you post comments against a group as you brittens or the brittens as I am one of them and I don't understand why u stick us all in the same group as hated ex members. A lot of us are still enrolled and still part of the tribe and get along with everyone and who's family is part of every Rez down here. If u have a problem with certain Britain descendants who most don't have that last name the take it up with them and stop grouping all of us. many are still enrolled so stop making it sound like were all hated people that have for reasons that are unknown to me.There are many last names and families that r descendants of Margarita Britten. I'm from the younger generation so if you parents had problems and hold on to grudges from the past the deal with it were not all part of it. You disenrolled the kids not the ones you have grudges against from long ago.

Reinstatement_Restitution said...

To 12:09am:

You are right. The old grudges were against the old people. Most of them are gone now, and taking it out on the younger generation is just hurting innocent people.