Bingo and Oklahoma: 2 Peas in a Pod

by Brennen on December 24th, 2016

Oklahoma has for a long time been synonymous with Bingo. That is due to the fact that the Native bands of Oklahoma have operated Bingo sessions for ages. Guests from every one of the neighboring states pile in passenger cars and visit Oklahoma to gamble on Bingo on the weekends.

The 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) was introduced after a landmark ruling by The U.S. Supreme Court just the year prior. From that time, twenty three of the thirty nine American Indian tribes located in Oklahoma have introduced bingo halls. The Chickasaw were the 1st Oklahoma Indian band to take advantage of the wagering rules, and today control 10 gambling halls of their very own. Bingo is the game on which the above-mentioned gambling halls were founded. automated games such as slot machine games were not approved, owing to the fact that they are believed to contribute to gambling problems at a higher rate than bingo.

In recent years, Oklahoma rules have changed to permit large American Indian wagering casinos. You will now see Native casinos with slot machine games, video poker and 21 tables. Craps and roulette are not yet allowed in the American Indian gambling halls as of yet, however that is simply a waiting game. No one can say what having different gambling hall games in the bingo parlours will do for the draw of bingo.

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