A giveaway at the Ioway Casino, owned and operated by the Iowa Tribe in Oklahoma. Photo: Ioway Casino
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Iowa Tribe promises to launch long-delayed online poker site sometime in fall



The Iowa Tribe is planning to debut its long-delayed online poker site sometime in the fall.

PokerTribe.Com has repeatedly missed deadlines to launch. But the tribe believes operations are imminent now that its Ioway Internet Gaming Enterprise Limited has secured a gaming license from the Isle of Man, a foreign nation.

"The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma is proud to be the first Native American tribe to secure an international online gaming license," Chairman Bobby Walkup said in a press release. "The process has taken longer than we may have envisioned when we began this journey, but, because we are a Native American tribe and held to higher gaming legal and regulatory standards, we had to ensure that we met all these standards."

Walkup isn't giving an exact date for the launch of PokerTribe.Com, only saying it will occur in the fall. The site was supposed to offer real-money play back in 2016.

The tribe is able to offer online games under its Class III gaming compact but patrons have to be located in a jurisdiction where internet gambling is legal. That leaves out Oklahoma and most other states.

The tribe offers gaming at three physical sites: the Cimarron Casino, the Ioway Casino and the Ioway Travel Plaza.

Read More on the Story:
No reservations for Native American tribe online poker site (Manx Radio September 23, 2017)
PokerTribe.com wins Isle of Man license, preps asset sale to “internationally-known brand” (CalvinAyre.Com September 22, 2017)

Relevant Documents:
Iowa Tribe Arbitration Decision | Complaint: Iowa Tribe v. State of Oklahoma | Iowa Tribe Letter to State of Oklahoma | State of Oklahoma Letter to Iowa Tribe

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Iowa Tribe misses deadline again to launch internet poker project (May 23, 2017)
Iowa Tribe seeks decision in favor of PokerTribe.Com gaming site (April 7, 2016)
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