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Bingo and Oklahoma: 2 birds of a feather

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Oklahoma has for a long time been synonymous with Bingo. That’s due to the fact that the Amerindian bands of Oklahoma have provided Bingo games for generations. Patrons from each of the surrounding states pile in cars and head over to Oklahoma to bet on Bingo over the weekends.

The 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act became law after a precedent setting determination by The U.S. Supreme Court just the year before. Since that instance, twenty three of the 39 Native bands located in Oklahoma have introduced bingo halls. The Chickasaw were the 1st Oklahoma Native band to take advantage of the wagering restrictions, and today control ten gambling dens of their own. Bingo is the game on which these gambling dens were built on. Electronic games like one armed bandits weren’t authorized, since they are thought to lead to gambling problems more than bingo.

In recent years, Oklahoma rules have altered to permit gigantic American Indian gambling gambling dens. You will now discover Native casinos with one armed bandits, video poker and blackjack tables. Craps and roulette are still not approved in the Indian gambling dens yet, although this is simply a waiting game. Nobody can authority whether having other games in the bingo parlors will do for the draw of bingo.

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