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Oklahoma has for a long time been synonymous with Bingo. This is because the Indian bands of Oklahoma have provided Bingo games for many years. Guests from many of the nearby states load up in vehicles and travel to Oklahoma to bet on Bingo for the weekends.

The 1988 IGRA followed a benchmark decision by The U.S. Supreme Court just the prior year. Since that time, twenty three of the thirty nine Indian tribes located in Oklahoma have opened bingo halls. The Chickasaw were the 1st Oklahoma Indian band to take advantage of the gambling laws, and at this time run ten casinos of their very own. Bingo is the game on which these gambling dens were founded. computerized games like slot machines were not authorized, since they are thought to lead to gambling problems more than bingo.

In the past few years, Oklahoma law has altered to allow for gigantic Native wagering casinos. You will now see Native gambling dens with slot machine games, video poker and vingt-et-un tables. Craps and roulette are still not approved in the Amerindian casinos as of yet, although this is only a waiting game. No one can determine what having different gambling hall games in the bingo parlors will do for the appeal of bingo.