Bingo and Oklahoma: Two Peas in a Pod

by Heath on August 3rd, 2017

Oklahoma has for a long time been interrelated with Bingo. That’s due to the fact that the Native bands of Oklahoma have run Bingo sessions for generations. Guests from all of the neighboring states get in trucks and visit Oklahoma to bet on Bingo for the weekends.

The 1988 IGRA followed a precedent setting decree by The U.S. Supreme Court just the year prior. Since that time, 23 of the thirty nine Native bands located in Oklahoma have opened gambling halls. The Chickasaw were the 1st Oklahoma Amerindian tribes to take advantage of the gaming restrictions, and today run ten gambling halls of their own. Bingo is the game on which these gambling halls were built on. Electronic games such as slot machines weren’t allowed, owing to the fact that they are thought to contribute to gambling problems at a higher rate than bingo.

In recent years, Oklahoma law have altered to allow for large Indian gambling gambling halls. You will now see Indian gambling dens with one armed bandits, video poker and twenty-one tables. Craps and roulette are still not approved in the Amerindian gambling halls yet, although that is only a waiting game. Nobody can say with what having different games in the bingo houses will do for the draw of bingo.

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