Archive for January, 2016

Bingo and Oklahoma: 2 Peas in a Pod

by Brennen on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Oklahoma has long been interrelated with Bingo. This is due to the fact that the Amerindian tribes of Oklahoma have run Bingo sessions for generations. Guests from each of the nearby states load up in automobiles and head over to Oklahoma to play Bingo over the weekends.

The 1988 (IGRA) Indian Gaming Regulatory Act was introduced after a precedent setting ruling by The U.S. Supreme Court just the year prior. Since that time, twenty three of the thirty nine American Indian bands of Oklahoma have opened bingo halls. The Chickasaw were the initial Oklahoma Amerindian band to take advantage of the wagering restrictions, and today control 10 gambling halls of their own. Bingo was the game on which the above-mentioned gambling halls were built on. digital games like one armed bandits were not approved, on the grounds that they’re believed to lead to gambling problems at a higher rate than bingo.

In the past few years, Oklahoma governing edicts have altered to allow for big Native gaming casinos. You’ll now find American Indian gambling dens with slot machines, video poker and 21 tables. Craps and roulette are not yet legal in the American Indian gambling halls as of yet, but that is only a waiting game. Nobody can determine whether having different gambling hall games in the bingo parlours will do for the popularity of bingo.

Might the Anti Smoking Law in Britain Take Bingo Players On to the Web?

by Brennen on Saturday, January 16th, 2016

An abundance has been written in the press recently about the bingo industry being hurt as a result of the cigarette ban in Britain. Conditions have grown so poor that in Scotland the Bingo industry has called for big tax cuts to help keep the businesses from going bankrupt. But does the web version of this classic game provide a lifeline, or will it never compare to its land based peer?

Bingo is an classic game normally played by the "blue haired" generation. Although the game lately had experienced a recent return in popularity with younger men and women opting to go to the bingo parlours in place of the bars on a Friday night. All this is about to change with the enforcement of the anti smoking law across England and Wales.

No longer will gamblers be allowed to smoke whilst dabbing numbers. From the summer of ‘07 all public places will not be allowed to permit smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo halls, which are possibly the most common areas where many people like to smoke.

The outcome of the cigarette ban can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already forbidden in the bingo parlors. Players have plunged and the business is literally struggling for to stay alive. But where did all the players go? Obviously they have not deserted this classic game?

The answer is on the web. People are now realizing that they can participate in bingo using their computer whilst enjoying a beverage and fag and in the end, enjoy big prizes. This is a recent phenomenon and has happened bordering on perfect with the anti cigarette law.

Of course playing online will never replace the communal portion of going over to the bingo hall, but for a demographic of people the rules have left a lot of bingo players with no option.