Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma announces its first online casino

The authorisation could open a crucial path for tribal gambling.

With the legal certification, if the tribes can open casinos on their reservations, now they can also offer online gambling worldwide.

US.- The Iowa tribe of Oklahoma reported that it has been cleared for online casino sites and will launch an online-poker platform at pokertribe.com. The brand will be provided by Florida-based software developer Universal Entertainment Group and could be launched within weeks.

The Iowa Tribe and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Falling submitted last September the tribe’s request to operate a gambling site to arbitration. Two months later, Judge Charles Chapel ruled that the “use of the Internet is merely using technology to play ‘covered games’ as a way to increase Tribal revenues. It does not extend or restrict the scope of the games and does not amend the Compact in any way,” opening a legal doorway for the tribes request.

Later, The Iowa Tribe requested for an Oklahoma City-based U.S. District Court Judge’s certification of the arbitrator’s decision, which was granted. The confirmation stated that the online project is consistent with federal and state laws and fully compliant with the terms of the Oklahoma Tribal-State Gaming Compact.

Furthermore, a spokesman for Oklahoma governor Falling explained to local media that the arbitrator’s ruling allows other tribes across the state to start similar international online gambling operations.

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