Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation awaiting federal decision on Tribal sports betting

June 6, 2023
Leer en Español

A case that has advanced from Florida to the federal courts will determine whether mobile app betting violates laws that limit gaming to Tribal land.

Kansas’ Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation was approved to launch sports betting when the state legalized wagering on sports in 2022, but the Tribe’s plans could be restricted by a new federal court case.

The Sunflower State has given all four of its federally recognized Tribes the authority to negotiate with Governor Laura Kelly regarding the provision of sports betting, but the Prairie Band specifically is looking to amend its gaming compact to include an app.

Legislature voted to approve the Tribe’s request to offer sports betting via mobile app, with the condition that the web server hosting the platform will be on Tribal land. However, this specification regarding servers has sparked controversy in other states.

Kansas Senator Tom Holland called the issue “complicated stuff.” He said, “I do believe this was brought forth and the state negotiated in good faith with the Tribe to get this done."

A dispute, which began between the state of Florida’s non-Tribal casino and the Seminole Tribe, has advanced through the federal court system. This could limit not only where the Seminoles may operate sports betting apps, but also restrict where individuals in Kansas can place bets via the Prairie Band or any potential app.

The Seminole Tribe’s approved server was hosted on Tribal land, but allowed for app-based betting from anywhere in the state. US District Court Judge, Dabney Friedrich, ruled that mobile betting on land that was not owned by the Tribe violated federal law.

Both the Tribe and President Joe Biden’s administration have appealed the case to the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; the future ruling of that case will affect Kansas’ Tribal sports betting offerings.

The Prairie Band Potawatomi’s amended compact will allow the Tribe to offer sports betting in a similar arrangement to what is decided for Florida’s Seminole Tribe. Sports betting in Kansas is currently available within state-owned casinos.


Product Spotlight

Bragg Gaming Group

Bragg Gaming Group is a global content-driven iGaming technology provider, serving online and land-based gaming operators with its proprietary and exclusive content and cutting-edge technology.

John Connelly - Interblock preparing to launch online by the end of year

John Connelly, the Global CEO of Interblock, joins the Huddle to talk about:
- The company's conversion to the online space
- The performance of ETGs
- Interblock's new philanthropic efforts
- The trend of companies going private
- And more!

Michael Hershman - Dispelling casino 'myths:' New York needs to lose fear of the unknown

Michael Hershman, CEO of the Soloviev Group, joins Tim Poole on the Huddle to put forward his case that the Freedom Plaza is the way to go for one of New York's casino licences. He fields a variety of questions - not shying away from any of them - on why 'myths' about casinos and a fear of the unknown should be dispelled, as well as acknowledging the strength of rival bids and discussing opposition to the project.

As the Tribal gaming sector congregates once more in the Golden State, is it too cliché of me to suggest we are heading for a golden era of Tribal gaming? With the industry set to meet at the Indian Gaming Association t...

From The Top: Will youth be served by Sports Betting?
Two recent interviews in our Huddle podcast revealed to Las Vegas correspondent Brian Joseph just how young sports betting entrepreneurs are becoming.
The Global Gaming Awards: Rewarding Excellence
The 10th edition of the Global Gaming Awards took place in Las Vegas last year. Gaming America looks back... and ahead to this year's.
Preview: Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention
Gaming America looks ahead to the 2024 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention and what attendees can expect when they arrive at the Anaheim Convention Centre.
888 and the US Market: A cautionary tale
Gaming America explores the risk of resting on your laurels and the challenge of remaining relevant in a rapidly expanding market.