Online poker has once again taken a hit in the United States market, with reports the U.S Department of the Interior blocked a move made by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes (owner of Oklahoma’s Lucky Star Casino) from providing a real-money online poker room to international players via their website.
Highlighted by a recent article in The Oklahoman, the move made via website ‘pokertribes.com’ was in fact agreed to by the State previously in a gaming compact.
As a result of the block, the tribes filed a lawsuit against Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior and Kevin Washburn, Assistant secretary of Indian Affairs last week in Oklahoma City.
Richard Grellner, an attorney speaking on behalf of the tribe said “It’s pretty groundbreaking. In Oklahoma, we have the Native American Culture we can sell to the world, and the state and the tribes can really benefit.”
General Counsel for Governor Mary Fallin, Steve Mullins highlighted an agreement forged between the tribe and the state that permits the ability to offer iGaming to international players from tribal lands, essentially allowing the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes to earn an estimated figure of around $132 million each year.
Further to this, the agreement outlined the state would receive: 4% of the first $10 million in annual net revenue, 5% of the following $10 million and 6% of any proceeding figure that may be made. 10% a month from other non-house banked card games like poker was also agreed upon.
Reports outline the federal government’s intervention was in fact related to fairness of the state compact, rather than the nature of real-money online poker.