Oklahoma Bingo

Oklahoma has long been synonymous with Bingo. That’s because the Indian tribes of Oklahoma have run Bingo games for generations. Patrons from all of the surrounding states load up in cars and travel into Oklahoma to play Bingo on the weekends. Growing up in a small town just south of the Red River, I knew of a group that would rent a bus to travel to Chocktaw Bingo every Friday night.

The 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatorty Act followed a landmark ruling by The U.S. Supreme Court the year before. Since that time, 23 of the 39 Indian tribes of Oklahoma have opened gaming halls. The Chickasaw were the first Oklahoma Indian tribe to take advantage of the gaming laws, and today run ten casinos of their own. Bingo was the game on which these casinos were founded. Electronic games like slots were not allowed, because they are thought to contribute to gambling addiction more than bingo.

Tulsa, Oklahoma is synonymous with the term Bingo parlour. The charity Bingo sites around that area means you can find a game of bingo any hour of the day. The Oklahoma Charity Games Act, passed in the early nineties, assured that bingo would be a huge moneymaker for the state. The act also covered pulltab or breakopen tickets, but that isn’t our concern here.

In 1993, charity game licensing was (strangely enough) transferred from the Oklahoma Tax Commission to the Alcohol Beverage Control Board, which regulates Bingo games in Oklahoma to this day. There are over 860 non-profit bingo operators in the state now. Most of these are church and veterans organization charities.

In recent years, Oklahoma law has changed to allow for big Indian gaming casinos. You’ll now find Indian casinos with slots, video poker and blackjack tables. Craps and roulette are not legal in the Indian casinos yet, but that is only a matter of time. No one can say what having other games in the bingo houses will do for the popularity of bingo. My guess is bingo will retain its huge popularity, because Bingo has maintained a gambling niche for over eight decades. It’s more than just for grandmas anymore.

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Oklahoma Casinos

The state of Oklahoma is widely known for the outdoor recreation and recreational activities it can offer residents and visitors. The state boasts beautiful lakes, mountains and camping areas as well as first-class museums and cultural events. Oklahoma is rich with culture, too. With several Native American reservations, the State of Oklahoma is a true cultural experience. It is within these reservations that Oklahoma casinos thrive.

The work “Oklahoma” is from the Choctaw Indian word “okla humma”, which means the “land of the red people”. Oklahoma is located in the western south-central United States. Kansas, Colorado and Missouri border the state to the north, Texas to the south, New Mexico to the west, and Arkansas to the east. The capital of Oklahoma is Oklahoma City, which is the center point of the state and the most heavily populated city within the state. Oklahoma ranks 28th in population in the United States and about 3.4 million people reside there.

Oklahoma offers both residents and visitors a wide range of recreational activities. The state boasts more man-made lakes than any other state in the United States. This makes outdoor sports such as boating and fishing very popular. In addition, the Arbuckle Mountains and many state parks draw visitors to outdoor activities such as camping and hiking.

In addition to the outdoor recreation that the state offers, Oklahoma is well known for its casinos. Oklahoma casinos can be found on Indian reservations across the state. While gambling is not legal outside of the reservations, the casinos within the reservations draw a large amount of tourists. With a change in gambling laws in the state, the Indian casinos are booming, since they are now able to offer gamblers Blackjack, Poker and Las Vegas-style slot machines. Craps and Roulette are still not allowed in Oklahoma casinos, but that could change.

Many of the visitors to Oklahoma casinos are Texans. Gambling is not legal in Texas and the other closest casinos are located in Shreveport, Louisiana where the drive is much longer. The two largest and most popular Oklahoma casinos are the Choctaw Casino and the WinStar Casino. The Chickasaw Nation, which is just north of the north Texas Metroplex area, operates both of these casinos, Oklahoma casinos are located throughout the state and are expected to raise billions for the state. Oklahoma casinos offer easy gambling access to visitors that live near the state.

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Notable County Seats in Oklahoma

A county seat is the administrative center of a county. This is a term primarily used in the United States. In England, Wales, and Ireland, the term county town is used instead. While most American states only have one county seat per county, there are states where this is not the case (for example, in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Iowa, Arkansas, and Alabama all have two).

Being the county seat is often a source of pride for a city. It is also a prime source of additional jobs. While every state has them, I would like to focus today on some of the important county seats in the historic state of Oklahoma.

Why Oklahoma? Well, I personally believe that it’s often a much-overlooked state. Oklahoma is filled with culture and natural beauty. And for those who like to gamble, it’s a virtual paradise. Due to a compact between the state and local Indian tribes, the landscape is dotted with both casinos and bingo halls.

So without further delay, here a few important county seats in Oklahoma which you may not be aware of.

McAlester, Oklahoma – Located in Pittsburg County, McAlester is the county seat and a city with a population of 17,783. It is the largest city in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and also home to the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. It also has the distinction of being the birthplace of country music legend Reba McEntire.

Many people who follow the news remember McAlester as the scene of the 2004 trial for Terry Nichols in conjunction with the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing.

There are several points of interest in the city, including the Garrard Ardeneum, McAlester Ammunitions Depot, and the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. Bingo and casino games can be found at the Choctaw Nation Gaming Center, located at 1638 South George Nigh Expressway.

Enid, Oklahoma – Located in Garfield County, Enid has a population of 47,045 according to the 2000 census. It is located 70 miles north of Oklahoma City.

Notable residents have included Sam Boyd (casino owner), Clyde Cessna (pilot), Thad Luckinbill (actor), Mark Price (NBA player), and Leona Mitchell (opera singer).

If you’re looking to play some bingo while you’re in Enid, there are four different places to get your fix. The first is the American Legion, where games are held every Thursday at 7:00 pm. Next is the Moose Lodge, where games are held every Monday and Wednesday at 7:15 pm. Next up is the VFW, where games are held Tuesdays at 7:00 pm and Saturdays at 1:30 pm and 6:00 pm. Finally, there’s Palace Bingo. This bingo hall has games Tuesday through Saturday at 5:30 pm, 7:45 pm, and 10:00 pm.

Newkirk, Oklahoma – Newkirk is the county seat of Kay County, located in far North Central Oklahoma. The population was estimated to be 2,243 at the last census. It is known as the “Gem City of the Plains.” The city’s entire business district was placed on the National Register in 1984 as a historic district.

Besides a great deal of historic architecture and monuments, Newkirk is also a great place to play bingo. Every Friday at 7pm, Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 5:30pm, and the first Monday at 7pm, you can head on down to Kaw Bingo and play until your heart’s content.

Altus, Oklahoma – Home to Altus Air Force base, this is the county seat of Jackson County and has a population of around 21,447. It is also the home of Southwest Technology Center and Western Oklahoma State College. Numerous world-class companies also make their homes there, including Bar-S Foods and Altus Athletic Manufacturing. And if you visit in December, be sure and catch their yearly Christmas in the Park (a holiday event which has received statewide recognition).

Altus also has a couple of fine bingo facilities. The first is the local VFW, which is located at 500 North Veterans Drive. Games are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7pm. Secondly, there’s Bingo Oasis, where games are held every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 5pm.

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Best Places to Gamble in Oklahoma

If you’re looking for places to gamble in Oklahoma, you may find yourself overwhelmed with choices. Casinos and bingo halls literally dot the landscape, and it’s often difficult to know which towns or cities offer the best facilities. Who offers the biggest payouts? Where is the bingo competition the fiercest? Who has the most table games?

As I’ve traveled all over the state looking to strike it rich, I have encountered the same problems. That’s why I started making notes during my trips in order to compile a list of some of the best locations to gamble in Oklahoma.

While there are plenty of other fine gambling destinations in the state, the towns and cities mentioned below offer excellent casinos and a dose of much-welcome hospitality. Feel free to explore the state at your own leisure, but rest assured that you can’t go wrong with these choices.

Clinton, Oklahoma – Sitting smack dab in the middle of historic Route 66, Clinton is known for several things. First, it’s home to the Oklahoma version of the Route 66 Museum. Second, their high school football team, The Red Tornadoes, have won an impressive 14 state championships. In addition, this city of nearly 9,000 is the birthplace of country superstar Toby Keith.

If you’re in the mood for bingo, Clinton offers two facilities to keep you satisfied. The first is the Cheyenne & Arapaho Social Service, and the second facility is the Cheyenne & Arapaho Adult EDU (both are located on Route 66). Each location serves another purpose during the day, but nightfall finds them packed full of eager bingo players.

If casino games are your thing, then head on over to the Lucky Star Casino on 101 North Indian Hospital Road. They have around 250 slot and video poker machines, and you can gamble till your heart’s content in a spacious 13,000 square foot environment.

Shawnee, Oklahoma – Besides being the birthplace of Brad Pitt, this city of almost 29,000 is also the home of the very first Sonic Drive-In franchise. And if you happen to visit in September, you might notice a large number of Japanese youngsters about. This is due to an annual exchange program with their sister city of Akita, Japan (Shawnee junior-high students visit Japan in July).

And if it’s gambling that you’re looking for, you don’t need to travel any further than the Fire Lake Casino (located at 41207 Hardesty Road in Shawnee). They’re open 24 hours a day, and have 50,000 square feet of gaming available. A race book is offered, as well as 700 slot machines and a 650 seat bingo hall. There’s also an entertainment center to help you get your country music fix.

Tulsa, Oklahoma – With nearly 400,000 residents, Tulsa is the second-largest city in Oklahoma. Located in the lush “Green Country” of Northeastern Oklahoma, this city is considered the cultural and arts center of Oklahoma (with opera, ballet companies, and numerous art museums). In 2005, it was selected as one of “America’s Most Livable Large Cities.”

There are a number of Indian gaming venues available in Tulsa. The largest casinos are Osage Million Dollar Elm, Creek Nation Casino, and Cherokee Casino and Resort. If you like horse racing, you can bet on the ponies at Fair Meadows and Will Rogers Downs. And if bingo is more your thing, then check out one of the following: Integrity Gaming, Intertribal Indian Club, Sheridan Village Bingo, South Memorial Sertoma Club, Travelers Bingo, and Super T Bingo.

Wyandotte, Oklahoma – Located in far Northeastern Oklahoma in Ottawa County, Wyandotte is a small town of around 363 residents. Besides being a very friendly community, it is also home to the tribal headquarters of the Wyandotte Nation.

In addition, several casinos and bingo halls are located in this small town. The Lucky Turtle Casino features 80 slot and video poker machines. Border Town Bingo and Casino offers 500 slot and video poker machines, as well as 650 seats for bingo. Eastern Shawnee Tribal Bingo specializes in the game that we all know and love, and the Eastern Shawnee Travel Plaza offers slots, video poker, and a race book.

Oklahoma is a beautiful state with lots of natural history and sights to see. The fact that you have a chance to win a little money while you’re looking around makes it even better. If you’ve never been to “America’s Frontier Lake State” before, I would highly recommend that you make the trip. And while you’re at it, drop in on the towns and cities mentioned above. I’m sure that they’ll be glad to see you.

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Gambling Laws In Oklahoma

Throughout the state of Oklahoma, you’ll find many casinos and bingo halls run by various Indian tribes. While these operations fully comply with the law of the land, you might be surprised to know that there are also a whole host of illegal operators out there who attempt to skirt around the law. For this reason, the state of Oklahoma has a wide array of laws and statutes on the books.

Some of these affect the casual player, while most are in place to help protect the public from con artists and other illegal operations. If you’re thinking of visiting Oklahoma on a gambling trip (to somewhere like, say, Hominy, Chickasha, El Reno, or Pocola) then you might find it interesting to read up on a few of these laws.

Statute 21-944 – Slot Machines – Misdemeanor – Any person who sets up or operates a slot machine in his or her place of business will be guilty of a misdemeanor. Upon conviction, they shall face a fine of not less than $25 and not more that $100, or a term of imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 30 days (or both a fine and imprisonment).

Statute 21-945 – Buildings – Use for Gambling – Felony – It is illegal for the owner of any building or piece of real estate to knowingly permit gambling to take place on the premises. Doing so will lead to a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $1000. Every day that illegal operations go on counts as a separate offense, so what seems to be a fairly mild penalty can quickly add up. If the offender cannot pay the fine, the offending property will be seized.

Statute 21-946 – Illegal Use of Building – Nuisance – Felony – Any home or room where illegal gambling takes place is guilty of a felony. The owner of the house or room, along with anyone who helps operate it, will be considered guilty of a felony and fined no less than $500 and no more than $10,000. Another option is imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for a term not less than 1 year and not more than 10 years.

Statute 21-954 – Three Card Monte, Swindle or Confidence Games – Felony – Any person who deals, plays, or practices the swindle known as the three-card monte, and any other swindle or confidence game, shall be found guilt of a felony and punished by a fine of not less than $1000 and not more than $5000, or by confinement in the State Penitentiary for a term of not less than 1 year and not more than 5 years.

Statute 21-969 – Sale or Possession of Slot Machines or Punch Boards – Misdemeanor – It is unlawful for anyone to have in their possession any slot machine or punch board, or to sell or lease such items. The only exceptions are for slot machines older than 25 years or slot machines used for the purposes of teaching slot machine repair. Persons in violation will be found guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not less than $50 and not more than $150, or imprisoned in the county jail for not more than 60 days (or both).

Statute 21-971 – Operating Punch Boards – Misdemeanor – Any person who sets up or operates a punch board (unless covered by the Charity Gaming Act) will be guilty of a misdemeanor and punished by a fine of not less than $50 and not more than $100, or by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than 30 days (or both).

Statute 21-987 – Dissemination of Gambling Information – Felony – Gambling information is defined as transmitting or receiving information used in making or settling bets. This does not apply to licensed radio or television stations or newspapers who are reporting the odds of a legally staged sporting event. Any person found guilty of disseminating such information will be guilty of a felony and be punished by imprisonment of not more than 5 years, or a fine of not more than $25,000 (or both).

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