Visit to view the Iowa Tribe's international real money play site countdown clock to launch date: October 15, 2016.

Real-Money Gaming at Postponed to Secure More International Licenses


The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma has pushed back the planned launch date of its real-money games at to October 15. The tribe initially planned to turn its play-for-fun site into an online gambling site with real-money, targeted at the international marketplace, on August 1.

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The delay provides more time for the tribe and its online casino software developer, Universal Entertainment Group (UEG), to secure more foreign gaming licenses, country by country, as well as international merchant processing banking, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and more, plus European banking partners.

"We have completed each phase thoroughly and precisely," Bobby Walkup said in a press release. "The final phase is the most important for a successful launch with the real money play, which is why we are rescheduling our launch date."

The 800-member Iowa Tribe made history when the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma ruled that the use of the Internet to offer certain "covered games" under the Class III Gaming Compact between the Iowa Tribe and the State of Oklahoma is not in violation of previous and present state or federal law.

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The free-play site is available to U.S. residents (excluding Oklahoma) of legal gambling age, and international markets. Patrons who create a user account at earn $50,000 in play credits for online poker, bingo, and pull-tabs at (which routes visitors to

The next phase of the platform involves real-money play for international markets, and will allow the online casino to be available on international flights and cruises. The first online casino on the airlines, set to launch January 15, 2017, will be at, the Iowa Tribe's international in-flight real money play online casino is slated to debut on January 15 15, 2017. (

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