Oklahoma Bingo

by Heath on April 8th, 2020

Oklahoma has long been synonymous with Bingo. That’s because the Indian tribes of Oklahoma have provided Bingo games for decades. Guests from each of the neighboring states load up in trucks and visit Oklahoma to gamble on Bingo on the weekends.

The 1988 (IGRA) Indian Gaming Regulatory Act followed a precedent setting decree by The U.S. Supreme Court just the year prior. Since that time, 23 of the 39 American Indian bands of Oklahoma have opened gaming halls. The Chickasaw were the first Oklahoma Amerindian band to take advantage of the gambling rules, and at this time control 10 gambling halls of their own. Bingo was the game on which the above-mentioned gambling dens were founded. computerized games like one armed bandits were not permitted, since they’re believed to contribute to gambling dependency at a higher rate than bingo.

In recent years, Oklahoma law have altered to allow for large Indian betting gambling dens. You will now see Native casinos with slots, video poker and 21 tables. Craps and roulette are not yet approved in the Amerindian gambling halls as of yet, but this is just a waiting game. Nobody can say whether having different casino games in the bingo houses will do for the appeal of bingo.

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