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Oklahoma has for a long time been interrelated with Bingo. This is because the American Indian tribes of Oklahoma have run Bingo games for generations. Guests from all of the surrounding states get in autos and travel into Oklahoma to enjoy Bingo for the weekends.

The 1988 (IGRA) Indian Gaming Regulatory Act followed a landmark decision by The U.S. Supreme Court the year prior. From that time, 23 of the thirty nine American Indian bands of Oklahoma have opened gaming halls. The Chickasaw were the 1st Oklahoma Amerindian tribes to take advantage of the wagering rules, and today operate 10 gambling halls of their very own. Bingo is the game on which these gambling halls were founded. Electronic games such as one armed bandits were not authorized, because they are believed to lead to gambling dependency at a higher rate than bingo.

In the past few years, Oklahoma rules have altered to permit big Amerindian wagering gambling halls. You will now discover Native gambling halls with slot machine games, video poker and 21 tables. Craps and roulette are not yet allowed in the American Indian gambling halls yet, but this is only a matter of time. Nobody can say what having other gambling hall games in the bingo parlours will do for the appeal of bingo.