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Oklahoma has long been synonymous with Bingo. That’s owing to the fact that the Indian tribes of Oklahoma have operated Bingo games for years. Patrons from many of the neighboring states load up in passenger cars and visit Oklahoma to enjoy Bingo for the weekends.

The 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act became law after a landmark decision by The U.S. Supreme Court the year before. Since that time, 23 of the thirty nine Amerindian bands of Oklahoma have opened gaming halls. The Chickasaw were the 1st Oklahoma Amerindian tribes to take advantage of the gambling rules, and at this time control ten gambling dens of their own. Bingo was the game on which the above-mentioned gambling halls were built on. digital games such as slots were not allowed, because they are thought to contribute to gambling addiction at a higher rate than bingo.

In recent years, Oklahoma law has altered to permit gigantic Indian gambling gambling dens. You will now see Amerindian gambling dens with slots, video poker and vingt-et-un tables. Craps and roulette are not allowed in the American Indian gambling dens yet, however that is only a waiting game. No one can say whether having other gambling den games in the bingo houses will do for the popularity of bingo.