Bingo in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has long been interrelated with Bingo. That is owing to the fact that the Indian tribes of Oklahoma have run Bingo games for generations. Patrons from all of the neighboring states pile in vans and travel into Oklahoma to play Bingo over the weekends.

The 1988 (IGRA) Indian Gaming Regulatory Act became law after a benchmark ruling by The U.S. Supreme Court the year prior. From that instance, 23 of the thirty nine American Indian bands of Oklahoma have opened gaming halls. The Chickasaw were the first Oklahoma Amerindian tribes to take advantage of the betting rules, and today operate 10 gambling halls of their very own. Bingo was the game on which these casinos were founded. automated games such as slot machines were not allowed, since they’re believed to contribute to gambling addiction more than bingo.

In the past few years, Oklahoma rules have altered to allow for big Native wagering gambling halls. You will now find Amerindian casinos with slot machines, video poker and black jack tables. Craps and roulette are still not allowed in the Native casinos yet, however that is only a waiting game. Nobody can say what having other games in the bingo houses will do for the appeal of bingo.

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