Bingo and Oklahoma: Two birds of a feather

by Heath on August 22nd, 2023

Oklahoma has long been synonymous with Bingo. That’s because the Native bands of Oklahoma have run Bingo sessions for generations. Patrons from all of the nearby states pile in automobiles and travel to Oklahoma to enjoy Bingo on the weekends.

The 1988 (IGRA) Indian Gaming Regulatory Act was introduced after a landmark ruling by The U.S. Supreme Court just the year before. Since that time, twenty three of the thirty nine American Indian tribes located in Oklahoma have introduced gaming halls. The Chickasaw were the first Oklahoma Indian band to take advantage of the wagering restrictions, and today run ten gambling halls of their own. Bingo was the game on which these gambling halls were built on. computerized games such as one armed bandits weren’t approved, due to the fact that they’re believed to lead to gambling addiction more than bingo.

In the past few years, Oklahoma governing edicts have changed to allow for massive Native gambling gambling dens. You will now discover Amerindian casinos with one armed bandits, video poker and vingt-et-un tables. Craps and roulette are not yet allowed in the American Indian gambling dens yet, although that is only a matter of time. No one can say what having different gambling den games in the bingo parlors will do for the popularity of bingo.

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