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Oklahoma Tribe Pushes Back Launch of Real Money Online Poker

The real money portion of, a legal online poker site launched by the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, has been delayed. The anticipated launch date for what is supposed to be the first licensed international online poker room based in the U.S. was yesterday, but according to a press release, it has been pushed back as the Tribe “continue(s) to coordinate with foreign governments on the worldwide launch.” In September 2015, the Iowa Tribe, along with its poker client developer, Universal Entertainment Group (UEG), was dead-set on launching a real money online poker site, but the state of Oklahoma’s Gambling Compliance Unit believed such a venture was illegal. The case went to an independent arbitrator, Charles Chapel, who, to the surprise of many, ruled in favor of the Iowas. “The use of the Internet,” Chapel said, “is merely using technology to play covered games as a way to increase tribal

Tournament Season Resumes in Florida, Oklahoma

After a few weeks off with the conclusion of the 2016 World Series of Poker – that is, everything but the “November Nine” – the tournament poker world is swinging back into gear as the month of July comes to a close. One tournament in Florida has become the de facto kickoff to the second half of the tournament season while a second event in Oklahoma draws a strong contingent of players competing for a major tournament circuit title. In Florida, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL, has opened up the doors on their 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. Now in its fourth year, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open has hosted a series of events that bring the players back after a little break from the WSOP with what can only be called a “major” Main Event. Although preliminary events for the SHRPO have

Oklahoma Indian Tribe Given Go-Ahead for International Online Poker Operations

As many states still struggle with the idea of regulating online gaming and/or poker within their borders, an Oklahoma Indian tribe could be moving forward with plans to open up the first international online poker room within the borders of the United States. The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma has received final clearance from the federal government to launch an online poker site that, in essence, will be able to step into the market that is currently being worked by such sites as PokerStars, 888 Poker and partypoker on an international basis. The U. S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma’s Judge David L. Russell stated during hearings that there were “no genuine issues of material fact that preclude summary judgment in the tribe’s favor.” The Iowa Tribe, a small band that consists of only about 800 members, is headquartered in Perkins, OK, and their tribal jurisdiction extends across

Oklahoma Indian Tribe Earns Legal Right to Operate Online Poker Site

The battle regarding the regulation of online poker in the United States has grinded to a halt. Since three states passed laws regulating the industry in 2013, there has been little to no action since then towards more states joining in the party (2016? Let’s talk that over tomorrow…). Now a small Indian tribe in the middle of the country seems to have done something that state legislatures have been unwilling to do since 2013. After a decision in U. S. District Court in Oklahoma City, the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma has won the right to be able to offer online poker to customers on an international basis. The Iowa Tribe is looking to have their website,, up and running in early 2016 with all the amenities that online poker fans have previously enjoyed (full casino gaming would come at a later date). Perhaps the biggest caveat of all