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American Indian Tribes Expected to Offer Online Gambling

2014-01-02 00:00:00

Online gambling has expanded into the United States with Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware offering either online poker or casino games or both. New Jersey is already expecting to collect $300 million to $750 million annually from legal online gaming. That type of money is not going unnoticed to American Indian tribes who currently have 460 casinos in 28 states. American Indian tribes don’t have online gambling but that is expected to change.

Many of the 240 Indian tribes in the United States are getting ready to expand into online gambling. The first of the tribes getting into the fray is the Alturas Indian Rancheria Tribe in California. They were expecting to have their site live beginning in January. The Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes in Oklahoma are going with a site that will only allow gamblers from outside the United States. Other tribes were getting ready in case their states allow online gambling in the coming year.

People will be following what happens in California because the Alturas Indian Rancheria Tribe is going to allow players from anywhere in the U.S. to play at their site. They are getting around the U.S. regulations by using “proxy play” which has the system connecting wagers to servers located on Indian lands which means it is legal.

Because the issue of online gambling is so divisive in the United States, many Indian tribes have mixed feelings on the issue. They see online gambling as a natural extension but they worry that online betting will take away business from their land-based casinos.