Bingo and Oklahoma: Two birds of a feather

by Heath on September 5th, 2022

Oklahoma has for a long time been interrelated with Bingo. That’s due to the fact that the Indian tribes of Oklahoma have operated Bingo sessions for many years. Patrons from each of the surrounding states pile in cars and head over to Oklahoma to play Bingo on the weekends.

The 1988 IGRA followed a precedent setting determination by The U.S. Supreme Court the year prior. From that instance, 23 of the thirty nine Indian tribes located in Oklahoma have established gambling halls. The Chickasaw were the first Oklahoma Indian tribes to take advantage of the gambling rules, and today run ten casinos of their very own. Bingo was the game on which these casinos were founded. Electronic games such as slot machine games were not approved, due to the fact that they’re believed to contribute to gambling problems more than bingo.

In the past few years, Oklahoma rules has changed to permit big Amerindian wagering gambling dens. You will now see American Indian casinos with one armed bandits, video poker and black jack tables. Craps and roulette are not approved in the Native casinos as of yet, however that is just a matter of time. No one can authority what having different games in the bingo parlours will do for the popularity of bingo.

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