Bingo and Oklahoma: 2 birds of a feather

by Heath on October 16th, 2023

Oklahoma has long been synonymous with Bingo. That’s because the American Indian tribes of Oklahoma have provided Bingo sessions for generations. Patrons from all of the surrounding states load up in vans and visit Oklahoma to enjoy Bingo over the weekends.

The 1988 (IGRA) Indian Gaming Regulatory Act followed a precedent setting decree by The U.S. Supreme Court the year before. Since that time, twenty three of the 39 American Indian tribes located in Oklahoma have opened gambling halls. The Chickasaw were the initial Oklahoma Indian tribes to take advantage of the gambling rules, and at this time operate 10 gambling halls of their own. Bingo is the game on which the above-mentioned gambling halls were built on. Electronic games such as slot machine games weren’t authorized, because they’re thought to lead to gambling addiction at a higher rate than bingo.

In recent years, Oklahoma governing edicts have changed to allow for gigantic Amerindian wagering gambling halls. You’ll now find Native casinos with one armed bandits, video poker and 21 tables. Craps and roulette are still not legal in the Native casinos yet, however this is simply a matter of time. No one can determine whether having different games in the bingo parlors will do for the popularity of bingo.

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