Bingo and Oklahoma: Two Peas in a Pod

by Heath on January 7th, 2023

Oklahoma has for a long time been synonymous with Bingo. That is because the Indian tribes of Oklahoma have operated Bingo sessions for years. Guests from all of the neighboring states get in passenger cars and travel to Oklahoma to gamble on Bingo on the weekends.

The 1988 (IGRA) Indian Gaming Regulatory Act followed a benchmark determination by The U.S. Supreme Court the year before. From that time, twenty three of the 39 Indian tribes located in Oklahoma have established gaming halls. The Chickasaw were the 1st Oklahoma Native band to take advantage of the gambling rules, and at this time control ten casinos of their own. Bingo is the game on which these gambling dens were founded. Electronic games like slot machines were not approved, because they are thought to contribute to gambling addiction more than bingo.

In recent years, Oklahoma law has changed to allow for massive Indian gambling casinos. You’ll now discover Amerindian casinos with slot machine games, video poker and chemin de fer tables. Craps and roulette are not allowed in the Native casinos yet, although that is just a waiting game. Nobody can say what having different gambling hall games in the bingo parlors will do for the popularity of bingo.

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