Bingo and Oklahoma: 2 Peas in a Pod

by Heath on November 30th, 2015

Oklahoma has long been synonymous with Bingo. That’s because the Native tribes of Oklahoma have operated Bingo games for decades. Clients from many of the nearby states get in autos and travel into Oklahoma to bet on Bingo for the weekends.

The 1988 (IGRA) Indian Gaming Regulatory Act followed a benchmark decision by The U.S. Supreme Court the year before. From that time, twenty three of the 39 Amerindian bands of Oklahoma have opened bingo halls. The Chickasaw were the 1st Oklahoma Amerindian band to take advantage of the gaming rules, and today operate ten casinos of their very own. Bingo is the game on which these casinos were built on. computerized games like one armed bandits weren’t approved, due to the fact that they are thought to lead to gambling addiction at a higher rate than bingo.

In recent years, Oklahoma governing edicts has changed to allow for big Native betting casinos. You will now see Native gambling halls with slots, video poker and black jack tables. Craps and roulette are not yet legal in the Amerindian gambling halls yet, but this is just a matter of time. No one can say with whether having different games in the bingo houses will do for the popularity of bingo.

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