Bingo and Oklahoma: 2 Peas in a Pod

by Heath on May 7th, 2024

Oklahoma has long been interrelated with Bingo. That is due to the fact that the Indian bands of Oklahoma have provided Bingo sessions for ages. Patrons from many of the nearby states load up in trucks and travel to Oklahoma to wager on Bingo for the weekends.

The 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) followed a landmark determination by The U.S. Supreme Court the year prior. Since that time, 23 of the thirty nine American Indian bands of Oklahoma have established gaming halls. The Chickasaw were the first Oklahoma Native band to take advantage of the gambling restrictions, and at this time control ten gambling dens of their own. Bingo is the game on which the above-mentioned gambling dens were built on. Electronic games like one armed bandits were not allowed, because they are believed to contribute to gambling dependency at a higher rate than bingo.

In recent years, Oklahoma rules have changed to allow for massive Indian betting gambling dens. You’ll now find Indian gambling dens with one armed bandits, video poker and chemin de fer tables. Craps and roulette are still not allowed in the American Indian gambling halls yet, however that is just a waiting game. No one can say what having different gambling hall games in the bingo houses will do for the appeal of bingo.

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