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Bingo and Oklahoma: 2 birds of a feather

Oklahoma has long been analogous with Bingo. This is due to the fact that the Indian tribes of Oklahoma have run Bingo sessions for years. Patrons from many of the surrounding states pile in trucks and head over to Oklahoma to bet on Bingo over the weekends.

The 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) followed a landmark decision by The U.S. Supreme Court the year prior. Since that instance, twenty three of the thirty nine Amerindian tribes located in Oklahoma have established bingo halls. The Chickasaw were the initial Oklahoma Indian tribes to take advantage of the gambling laws, and today run 10 casinos of their own. Bingo was the game on which these gambling halls were founded. digital games like slots were not permitted, since they are believed to contribute to gambling addiction at a higher rate than bingo.

In the past few years, Oklahoma rules has changed to allow for big Native gambling casinos. You’ll now find American Indian gambling halls with slot machines, video poker and chemin de fer tables. Craps and roulette are not yet authorized in the Indian casinos as of yet, although that is just a waiting game. No one can say with what having other games in the bingo houses will do for the appeal of bingo.

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