Bingo and Oklahoma: 2 Peas in a Pod

by Brennen on 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.

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