Entrepreneur Gerry Gionet, President and CEO of Golden Arrow, will be releasing All Nations Casino; All Nations is an online casino platform that will allow All Nations and other Native Americans the opportunity to take advantage of gambling and technology to improve the lives of the people in Native American groups. The venture will include a full-service casino, sportsbook and lottery, making it a well-rounded gambling venture that does not focus on only one aspect of the industry.
Alteatec iGaming Management Systems will be providing the suite of software that First Nation and others can use and will include software, affiliates and games. The initial rollout will include around 300 slot titles and table games; the sportsbook will be connected to one of Germany’s largest sportsbooks, Tipster.de, formerly known as Bet90. Gionet hopes that this venture will be more successful than his first foray into the online gambling industry when Gionet created GEObet which was also supposed to allow Native American tribes an opportunity to run online casinos. Gionet closed this venture when the management company he hired for the job restricted his participation in the project and the company didn’t provide enough jobs for the communities Gionet was attempting to help by hiring outside the tribes.
For his second attempt, Gionet decided to forego the outside management company to give those positions to qualified members of the community. First Nation and other tribes have seen an economic downturn in recent years with low prices on world oil and the impact of the excessive forest fires of 2016. The venture is more than giving employment opportunities, but to create permanent, sustainable professional jobs for members of the tribes. Giving management positions to tribal members will also allow the venture to contain and reflect the spirit and values of the tribes; there are even plans for tribal-themed games in the online casino.
Most of Giomet’s management experience is in large scale construction projects for the oil business but he believes there is no reason why First Nation and other tribes cannot manage an online casino operation that will benefit the entire community by providing the long-term sustainable jobs that the oil companies insisted that they could provide; in the end, this couldn’t happen because the price of oil dropped precipitously. This business model is one that can allow for many in the tribes to trade blue-collar work for management and professional positions in the white-collar and tie life. Online betting could allow for the tribes to not only prosper financially but allow all of the groups to maintain the traditions and values that the tribes hold dear, which may end up being the most prosperous outcome of all.