Atlantis Internet Group Corp. (ATIG) announced the launch of its Intranet gaming site—the first legal Intranet gaming operation in the United States, according to a press release from the Nevada-based gaming company. Intranets are essentially exclusive networks, generally connected to the Internet and residing behind firewalls.
ATIG established its Tribal Gaming Network in 2009 when the company was granted an opinion by the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) to operate its virtual private network in Indian Casinos nationwide.
Other prominent gaming vendors, which the press release does not name, have joined ATIG to offer Class III, Class II and online games. ATIG said its proprietary "private gaming network" will link together Indian Casinos from 28 States. Gaming options offered include table games, slots, simulated horse racing, nationwide poker, simulated sportsbooks, live online dealer games, as well as only the second powerball-like lotto product.
Last April when the FBI shut down major Internet poker sites (PokerStars, based on the Isle of Man, Ireland’s Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker of Costa Rica), ATIG's Tribal Gaming Network Poker remained as the only legal nationwide online poker for live cash allowed on Indian lands in the U.S. Since then, the DOJ has softened its position and clarified the Federal Wire Act of 1961 only applies to sports bets. Certain tribal casinos continued to offer free-play sites during this time. For instance, the California Online Poker Association, a coalition of card rooms in the state led by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, operates CalShark.Com, an online play-for-fun poker room intended to promote legalizing Internet gaming.
"We have a huge leg up on the competition, having mastered play-for-fun marketing sites since 2003," said ATIG President and Chief Executive Officer Donald L. Bailey in the press release. "Now, based on the NIGC opinion, to date ATIG is the only gaming company that can legally offer online linking games other than bingo, nationwide for live cash, such as poker and progressive jackpots. This is a new technology that has never been offered in the gaming Industry before today."
The company's gaming platform works on slot machines, at kiosks, on Android mobile phones and Samsung Tablets. A few of the company's games are available for play on iPhones. "It's the next generation of server-based technology; in short, it's a casino within a casino," Baily said.