Bingo and Oklahoma: Two birds of a feather

Oklahoma has for a long time been synonymous with Bingo. That’s because the American Indian bands of Oklahoma have provided Bingo games for ages. Guests from many of the neighboring states load up in trucks and travel into Oklahoma to enjoy Bingo on the weekends.

The 1988 (IGRA) Indian Gaming Regulatory Act followed a landmark decision by The U.S. Supreme Court the year before. Since that time, twenty three of the 39 Indian bands of Oklahoma have established bingo halls. The Chickasaw were the 1st Oklahoma Indian tribes to take advantage of the wagering rules, and at this time control 10 casinos of their own. Bingo is the game on which the above-mentioned gambling dens were founded. automated games such as slot machine games weren’t authorized, since they’re thought to contribute to gambling problems at a higher rate than bingo.

In the past few years, Oklahoma law has changed to allow for gigantic Indian wagering casinos. You’ll now discover Amerindian gambling halls with one armed bandits, video poker and vingt-et-un tables. Craps and roulette are not yet allowed in the Native gambling dens yet, however this is simply a waiting game. No one can authority whether having other games in the bingo houses will do for the appeal of bingo.

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