Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Allowed to Operate iPoker Site after Judge Ruling
PokerTribe.com is an online poker site that the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma plans to operate from the United States but for international players. A judge in Oklahoma has now ruled that the tribe can provide the online gambling option, just one month after the state of Oklahoma stated they would not stand in the way of the tribe operating the site.

In late 2015, the tribe decided to sue the state after they were questioned as to if launching the gaming site would be within the restrictions of the gaming compact. The state decided to hire an arbitrator to try and solve the issue. It was then determined that the tribe would be able to host the site as it was not in violation of the compact and remained in line with relevant laws.

It was found that the option for the tribe to offer online gambling is permissible based on the contact as long as the games offered are operated and controlled by a server that is located only on tribal lands. Back in February, the tribe sought a summary judgement by the court in trying to certify the decision by the arbitrator. In March, officials of the state told the court to go ahead and confirm the award since there was no cause to delay approval.

On Friday, David L. Russell, a U.W. District Judge, granted the approval of the arbitral award. Russell reiterated that the tribe had met their burden of showing no material fact was required in the judgement based on law.

Three casinos are already in operation by the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma and they will now be able to offer online gaming for international players. It will be interesting to see how the site fares with only being offered to individuals who are not located in the US. The tribe would also have a strong start if online gambling legislation was ever passed within the state of Oklahoma.

- 2016-04-20


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