Bingo in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has long been analogous with Bingo. That’s because the Indian bands of Oklahoma have run Bingo games for generations. Guests from every one of the surrounding states load up in vans and travel into Oklahoma to enjoy Bingo for the weekends.

The 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) was introduced after a precedent setting determination by The U.S. Supreme Court the year before. Since that time, twenty three of the 39 Native tribes located in Oklahoma have established bingo halls. The Chickasaw were the first Oklahoma American Indian band to take advantage of the wagering rules, and today operate 10 casinos of their own. Bingo is the game on which these gambling dens were built on. computerized games such as slot machines were not approved, on the grounds that they are thought to lead to gambling dependency more than bingo.

In the past few years, Oklahoma rules have changed to allow for large Native betting gambling halls. You will now see Indian gambling dens with slot machines, video poker and vingt-et-un tables. Craps and roulette are not legal in the Indian gambling dens as of yet, although that is just a waiting game. Nobody can determine what having other games in the bingo parlours will do for the appeal of bingo.

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