Weekly Roundup April 22 2016

Weekly Roundup April 22 2016

Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Plans to Launch Online Gambling August 1

The first legal tribal online gaming site in the U.S. will open August 1, according to the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma.  The site will use the Pokertribe.org.  An arbitrator recently ruled that the tribe was within its rights to spread online gaming.  The site will accept players from outside the United States.  Americans will not be able to play for real money at Pokertribe.org.

Delaware Online Gaming Posts Record Revenue

Delaware’s online poker and casino sites posted the higher revenue numbers in the state’s history.  Poker rake and casino win totaled $260,539.  This topped the previous best month, which was April 2014, by $20,000.

Poker rake posted its best showing since May 2015.  Casino results were the highest since the games launched in November 2013.  More than $8.3 million was wagered at blackjack, roulette, slots and video poker at the state’s three racino sites.  Those sites belong to Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway.

The Delaware Lottery is the main beneficiary of Delaware online gaming.  888 is the gaming operator.

Lobbyists Hired for Online Gaming Battle

Sheldon Adelson and Amaya Gaming invested in more lobbying activities this month, according to Thehill.com.  The Keelan Group was retained by the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling.  The Keelan Group has a past relationship with Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Amaya Gaming, parent company of PokerStars, hired CSA Strategies.  That company has a history of lobbying on behalf of the online gaming industry.  The Poker Players Alliance is among its previous clients.