It may have been several years in the making, but finally, the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma has managed to launch its online poker offering, known as Grey Snow Poker (GSP).
This isn’t the first gambling venture that the tribe has launched, though. It is currently in operation of four separate brick-and-mortar establishments, including two popular casinos – Ioway and Cimarron. Yet, it does mark the group’s first step into the online world.
However, there is somewhat of a drawback to the opening of the poker room. Even though the rules of the GSP do not specifically block certain jurisdictions, they instead incorporate something known as a coverall prohibition. This denies access to anyone trying to access the platform illegally. Therefore, anyone within the United States will not be able to use the poker room to participate in real-money poker games.
That being said, it does mark a great step for the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, who will no doubt look to build upon their venture into the digital world.
The site is the first tribal poker platform to start accepting players from around the world, thanks to the licence that it holds from the Isle of Man. The servers remain in operation within Oklahoma, which is where the tribe regulates everything from. However, its licence is based offshore. This sees the tribe be the first to apply for a gaming licence from this jurisdiction.
Legal Status of Tribal Gaming
Prior to entering the online world of gambling, the tribe did go forth and verify its own legal status. Online poker, the tribe found, is not prohibited by the state or by federal law. It then went on to secure its federal certification from the local District Court.
While everything took quite a long time to sort out, and various potential launch dates were put back, the offering from the tribe has finally been made available to the online gambling market.
Speaking of the launch, the chairman Bobby Walkup stated that the tribe is thrilled to have been able to launch “a great new poker site”, and that this focuses on fairness over anything else. This sentiment was backed up by the former Pokerstars executive George McIntosh, who now operates as the current managing director of GSP. He said that the company is determined to make the Grey Snow Poker platform “the world’s most reputable”.
So, how do they intend to achieve this?
Well, perhaps the fact that there is a lack of rake on all cash games at the GSP is its most appealing feature. Most platforms utilise this to claim a percentage of each game’s pot for themselves. Instead of this, the GSP poker room will charge a flat rate of 3% when players decide to leave the table they’re at.
It’s a big move for GSP, as several other online poker sites have tried to take this route in previous years. However, all of them have failed with it. Time will tell if the GSP platform will be able to succeed in this area. If it does, it could become one of the biggest online poker sites in existence today. Failure will no doubt lead to its closure, though.