Gerry Gionet

The Saskatchewan First Nations and GEObet are discussing a deal to develop an online gambling package for the tribe. While the deal is still developing, it’s a good indicator of how tribal gaming interests are dealing with the prospect of legal online poker in North America.

GEObet officials have been meeting with tribal officials at events like the Special Indian Gaming Assembly in Prince Albert. First Nations officials are hoping that a new software solution could help them expand their Saskatchewan First Nation Gaming network.

Tribal gaming interests are very worried that online gambling will sink their land-based casinos and dry up much needed revenues. GEObet has been developing products to serve the tribal niche and help them get past this challenging period.

GEObet CEO Gary Gionet, who is of First Nations heritage, had this to say on the subject:

First Nation casinos can’t afford to lose their many land-based casino customers to offshore online operators. So we’ve developed a turnkey igaming solution that will enable Saskatchewan First Nations to get up and running online as quickly and smoothly as possible.

There are currently six tribal gaming casinos in Saskatchewan. So far there’s no word on when a final decision will be made.

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