Native American tribes who have supported online gambling for over 40 years are now beginning to support the online poker movement after having rejected the possibility before Congress.
It was tribal secretary Glen Globin, from the Tulalip Tribe in Washington that opposed online gambling from the beginning claiming such activities as a threat to their land based casinos. It was just a week ago that Globin had a change of heart and is now supporting the push to legalize online gaming by sharing with a Senate panel that tribes "must have equal footing to participate," claims the News Tribune.
The concern with allowing online gambling was that such online activities would take away profits from their current brick and mortar establishments but what tribal leaders are starting to realize is that legalization could become a reality and they simply just don't want to be left out of the online poker craze.
Would this mean that tribes would accept online sports books as well? That may be a long shot since many tribal casinos don't currently include sports betting but there's always a possibility.
The issue at hand is that there is now some flexibility with tribe leaders and online gambling who according to W. Ron Allen, chairman of the Washington Indian Gaming Association claim that, "We had a real mixed set of views from our different tribal leaders, but I think they are all exercising a strong level of caution," said W. Ron Allen, chairman of the Washington Indian Gaming Association.
If online gaming is legalized, the next question is who would regulate it which for the Native Americans they favor the National Indian Gaming Commission, a federal agency that currently regulates their gaming activities.
The legalization of online poker is quite an uphill battle, so really native tribes shouldn't start worrying just yet.
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