Bingo and Oklahoma: Two birds of a feather

by Brennen on January 22nd, 2017

Oklahoma has long been synonymous with Bingo. That is because the Native tribes of Oklahoma have provided Bingo sessions for decades. Guests from each of the nearby states get in autos and travel into Oklahoma to enjoy Bingo on the weekends.

The 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) became law after a benchmark decision by The U.S. Supreme Court just the year prior. From that time, twenty three of the thirty nine Amerindian bands located in Oklahoma have established gambling halls. The Chickasaw were the 1st Oklahoma Amerindian band to take advantage of the betting restrictions, and at this time control ten gambling halls of their own. Bingo was the game on which the above-mentioned gambling dens were built on. Electronic games such as slots were not permitted, on the grounds that they are thought to contribute to gambling dependency more than bingo.

In recent years, Oklahoma rules have changed to permit large Indian gambling gambling halls. You’ll now see Native gambling dens with one armed bandits, video poker and chemin de fer tables. Craps and roulette are not authorized in the Amerindian casinos yet, but that is only a waiting game. No one can say whether having other casino games in the bingo parlours will do for the appeal of bingo.

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