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Bingo and Oklahoma: 2 birds of a feather

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Oklahoma has for a long time been analogous with Bingo. That’s because the Native bands of Oklahoma have operated Bingo sessions for years. Guests from all of the neighboring states get in autos and travel into Oklahoma to bet on Bingo for the weekends.

The 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act became law after a benchmark decision by The U.S. Supreme Court just the year prior. From that instance, 23 of the 39 Indian tribes of Oklahoma have opened gambling halls. The Chickasaw were the initial Oklahoma Native tribes to take advantage of the betting rules, and today control ten gambling dens of their very own. Bingo is the game on which the above-mentioned gambling halls were founded. Electronic games like slot machines weren’t permitted, owing to the fact that they are believed to lead to gambling dependency at a higher rate than bingo.

In the past few years, Oklahoma law has changed to allow for big Indian gaming gambling dens. You’ll now see Amerindian gambling halls with slot machines, video poker and chemin de fer tables. Craps and roulette are still not approved in the American Indian gambling dens yet, however that is just a waiting game. No one can say whether having different gambling den games in the bingo parlors will do for the popularity of bingo.

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