Bingo and Oklahoma: Two birds of a feather

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Posted by Jace | Posted in Bingo | Posted on 05-03-2019

Oklahoma has long been synonymous with Bingo. This is because the Amerindian tribes of Oklahoma have run Bingo sessions for generations. Patrons from all of the nearby states get in cars and head over to Oklahoma to play Bingo on the weekends.

The 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) became law after a benchmark ruling by The U.S. Supreme Court just the year before. Since that instance, 23 of the 39 Amerindian bands located in Oklahoma have introduced gaming halls. The Chickasaw were the 1st Oklahoma American Indian band to take advantage of the gambling laws, and at this time operate ten gambling halls of their own. Bingo is the game on which these casinos were built on. digital games such as one armed bandits were not allowed, because they’re believed to contribute to gambling problems more than bingo.

In the past few years, Oklahoma law has changed to permit gigantic Native gambling gambling halls. You’ll now find Amerindian gambling dens with slot machine games, video poker and twenty-one tables. Craps and roulette are not allowed in the Native casinos yet, although that is only a waiting game. No one can determine whether having other casino games in the bingo parlours will do for the appeal of bingo.

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