Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Launches First Phase of Online Poker
The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma announced this week that the first phase of the long-awaited online poker platform is now available for US players, not including Oklahoma residents is now open. The platform that’s been launched offers pull-tabs, bingo and peer-to-peer poker. The games right now can only be played in free mode, but real-money versions are expected to be released in August.
The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma has two land-based casinos in Oklahoma and has close to 800 tribal members. Right now there are only three states in the US that approves and allows intra-state online gambling. These are New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada. Universal Entertainment Group has worked and helped the tribe get the online site ready for launch.
It took some time for the tribe to get their online site approved. It was ruled back in November 2015 that a poker site wouldn’t be violating any laws or their current land-based gaming sites. They had to get a certified ruling from a US District Court Judge to approve it.
“The arbitrator’s decision as affirmed by the federal court order and judgment, applies to all tribes in the state of Oklahoma,” Chairman Walkup said. “Every tribe has the same opportunity as the Iowa Tribe to engage in internet gaming consistent with the arbitrator’s decision and certification by the federal court.”
If all things go as planned next year could see “phase three” with online casino activity being available on cruises and international flights.