Internet gaming not allowed in Oklahoma, governor says

Oklahoma and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes reach an agreement in which the tribe will take down its Internet gaming site. The tribe can't operate an Internet gaming site anywhere in the country, but it is free to run one from outside the United States.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: April 6, 2013
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“Internet gaming is improper in Oklahoma,” Mullins said. “We basically are saying we will not expand gaming in Oklahoma on the Internet.”

The Internet gaming site used by the tribes was taken down Friday.

Mullins said the governor's office, which is responsible for enforcing gaming compacts, was notified shortly after the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes launched their gaming site and began talks with tribal officials.

“We don't want this area to be ambiguous,” he said. “We want it to be very clear that Oklahoma is saying you may not Internet game in Oklahoma.”

Mullins said the state would have had to start enforcement action against the tribe if tribal officials refused to take down the Internet gaming site.

The state didn't seek fines for the time the site was operating because tribal officials didn't believe they were violating the compact.

“We're not trying to fight,” he said. “We're trying to resolve.”

Oklahoma and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes also Friday signed a new tobacco compact, in which the tribe will charge the full $1.03 state tax on cigarettes and the state will give back 50 percent of it, Mullins said. The existing compact expires June 30.

The tribe and the state signed a burn ban compact as well, in which the tribe agrees to issue a burn ban covering its lands whenever the state issues one.


We want it to be very clear that Oklahoma is saying you may not Internet game in Oklahoma.”

Steve Mullins,
Gov. Mary Fallin's general counsel

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