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Oklahoma has for a long time been synonymous with Bingo. This is due to the fact that the Native tribes of Oklahoma have run Bingo sessions for generations. Clients from many of the surrounding states get in passenger cars and visit Oklahoma to wager on Bingo over the weekends.

The 1988 (IGRA) Indian Gaming Regulatory Act became law after a landmark decree by The U.S. Supreme Court just the year before. From that instance, twenty three of the thirty nine Indian bands located in Oklahoma have established gambling halls. The Chickasaw were the first Oklahoma Amerindian tribes to take advantage of the wagering restrictions, and today control 10 gambling halls of their very own. Bingo was the game on which these gambling halls were built on. Electronic games like one armed bandits weren’t allowed, because they are thought to contribute to gambling problems more than bingo.

In recent years, Oklahoma law have altered to allow for large American Indian gaming gambling halls. You will now discover Native gambling dens with slot machines, video poker and vingt-et-un tables. Craps and roulette are still not legal in the Native casinos yet, but this is just a waiting game. No one can say whether having different games in the bingo houses will do for the popularity of bingo.