The Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma is making waves in the gambling world with the development of a new mobile gaming app. This app will allow users to transfer real money and will be available at the Winstar World Casino and Resort, the largest gaming hub operated by the Chickasaw Nation. This move comes amidst ongoing discussions about the legalization of sports betting in Oklahoma.
The launch of this app will give the tribe a significant advantage, as most forms of gambling are still illegal in the state. Scott Emerson, an undersecretary for operations at the tribe’s Department of Commerce, expressed that this new venture is uncharted territory for the tribe. Meanwhile, Governor Kevin Stitt supports the legalization of online sports betting in the state, but only for licensed companies, not for the tribes.
Despite this, the Chickasaw Nation is moving forward with their plans, as the app falls outside existing gaming agreements. The app offers bingo games, which are permissible under federal law, without requiring additional permissions. The tribe received preliminary approval for the app a year ago, and other tribes, such as the Muscogee and Choctaw nations, are also considering developing their own mobile gaming apps.
The Chickasaw Nation’s app, developed by Aristocrat Leisure Limited, will offer three electronic games in a mobile version. It will initially have limited access, as only invited users will be able to try the games. The launch is expected in January with strict geofencing technology in place to ensure compliance with federal law.
Winstar World Casino and Resort, where the app will be available, is popular among players, especially those from Texas. The success of the app will be measured based on repeat usage, as stated by Emerson.
As the Legislature meeting in February approaches, the question of sports betting legalization in Oklahoma remains a priority. However, the issue of tribal online sports betting still needs to be addressed, as even if sports betting is legalized in the state, the tribes will only be allowed to accept in-person bets. The Chickasaw Nation’s launch of this mobile gaming app may pave the way for further developments in the world of online gambling in Oklahoma.