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Bingo in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has for a long time been synonymous with Bingo. This is owing to the fact that the Indian bands of Oklahoma have operated Bingo sessions for generations. Guests from many of the nearby states pile in cars and travel into Oklahoma to wager on Bingo over the weekends.

The 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act followed a landmark determination by The U.S. Supreme Court the year before. From that time, 23 of the 39 Amerindian bands located in Oklahoma have established bingo halls. The Chickasaw were the 1st Oklahoma Indian band to take advantage of the wagering restrictions, and today run ten gambling halls of their own. Bingo is the game on which these casinos were founded. Electronic games like slots weren’t approved, on the grounds that they are thought to contribute to gambling problems more than bingo.

In the past few years, Oklahoma governing edicts have changed to allow for big Native betting casinos. You’ll now see Indian casinos with slot machine games, video poker and vingt-et-un tables. Craps and roulette are not legal in the Amerindian gambling dens as of yet, however that is simply a waiting game. Nobody can determine whether having different games in the bingo parlours will do for the draw of bingo.

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