The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes have been authorized by the Oklahoma State Governor to operate a real money gambling site.
The approval allows the two tribes to accept wagers from international players on their joint venture site, Pokertribe.com. However, the tribes will not be allowed to accept wagers from United States players given the lack of poker regulations in the state. The site will officially launch in the summer and a mobile application will shortly follow this debut.
The tribes, who own two land based casinos, previously operated Pokertribes.com as a social gaming network. Recently, the tribe attempted to run an internet casino that accepted United States players until the state decided to shut the operation given current statutes. The new approval ends the negotiation between the two parties and opens a new opportunity for the two tribes.
The online gambling site will operate under the internet gambling exception made through the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Under this statute, Native American tribes are exempt from the laws of the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of 2006.
The green light from the Governor’s office also opens the possibility of online gaming in the state. Although such legislation has been a low priority in the state, the operation of real money gaming site within borders may entice legislators to consider introducing an online gambling bill.