The tribe operates the Lucky Star Casino at Concho and at Clinton. According to the lawsuit, the tribe wanted to open additional casinos near major cities but has been denied land purchases by the U.S. Department of Interior, so it turned to Internet gaming and developed the Poker Tribes website to generate revenue.
Pokertribes.com began offering free play in June 2012 without restricting players to a geographical area, but the state objected. In April, an agreement was made between the tribe and the state to allow overseas gaming only.
Originally, the agreement was for the tribe to share 20 percent of its revenue with the state, but Washburn, the assistant secretary of Indian Affairs, disapproved, court documents state. So the state and tribe rewrote its agreement to reflect the current profit-sharing arrangement.
Washburn again disapproved, stating that it “introduces an inappropriate basis for revenue sharing in a Compact. The State cannot control, nor can it offer, exclusive access to a market of patrons located entirely outside the United States and its territories.”
Calls and emails to Indian Affairs and the Department of the Interior seeking comment were not immediately returned.
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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.”
an attorney representing the tribe