Oklahoma has for a long time been synonymous with Bingo. That is due to the fact that the Amerindian bands of Oklahoma have provided Bingo sessions for decades. Guests from each of the surrounding states pile in cars and travel to Oklahoma to enjoy Bingo on the weekends.

The 1988 IGRA followed a precedent setting determination by The U.S. Supreme Court the year prior. From that instance, twenty three of the 39 American Indian tribes of Oklahoma have introduced bingo halls. The Chickasaw were the initial Oklahoma Indian band to take advantage of the wagering restrictions, and at this time operate 10 gambling halls of their very own. Bingo was the game on which these gambling dens were founded. Electronic games like slot machine games were not approved, because they are thought to contribute to gambling dependency at a higher rate than bingo.

In the past few years, Oklahoma law has changed to permit massive Amerindian wagering gambling halls. You’ll now see Indian gambling dens with one armed bandits, video poker and black jack tables. Craps and roulette are not yet approved in the Amerindian gambling halls yet, but this is simply a matter of time. No one can say what having different gambling den games in the bingo houses will do for the appeal of bingo.