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Indian gaming is a big business for Oklahoma

Indian gaming is Oklahoma's second largest industry.
by Paula Burkes Modified: August 28, 2012 at 9:21 pm •  Published: August 29, 2012
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Q&A with Michael McBride III

Indian gaming is big business

Q: How big of an industry is Indian gaming in Oklahoma?

A: There are about 114 tribal casinos in Oklahoma. In 2011, the Oklahoma Indian gaming industry produced approximately $3.5 billion in revenue. Since Oklahoma and tribal governments began signing modern gaming compacts in 2005, the state has received more than $612 million in Indian gaming compact revenue to be used exclusively for higher education. Indian gaming is the state's second largest industry.

Q: What are the current rules and regulations that govern Indian gaming in Oklahoma?

A: Thirty-three tribal governments in Oklahoma have tribal-state gaming compacts, which govern the play of Class III casino-style gaming and cover the games permitted, exclusivity payments to Oklahoma, monitoring, licensing and more. Tribes and the National Indian Gaming Commission regulate Class II gaming, which includes bingo, pull-tabs and electronic bingo-style games.

Q: What are the national trends in Internet gaming, and how do they apply to our state?

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by Paula Burkes
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A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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