Slots of fun — the sights and sounds of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association convention

Casino executives and personnel from across the state checked out the latest in technology and gaming.
BY SEAN CHAFFIN, For The Oklahoman Published: August 26, 2013
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Casino games, promotions, and services were all on display earlier this month at the Cox Convention Center as part of the Annual Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Conference and Trade Show. Casino executives and personnel from across the state checked out the latest in technology and gaming — from beeping slots to coffee brewing to promotional items.

For those in attendance, there was no shortage of interesting visuals. Walking through the trade show, a 24-foot long piece of technology called the BPS 1000 manufactured by Financial Equipment Company. The device looked like something you might see on Star Trek, but is the latest in casino cash counting devices.

“It counts, sorts, and checks whether or not the cash is counterfeit,” said company representative Jon Chenault. Not far away, Ortiz Gaming has a lounge-like area complete with bar set up to spotlight its new brand of video slots. The offerings are unique in that they offer a Bingo theme. The Spanish company is looking to enter the U.S. market and company executive Humberto Magalhaes says the OIGA conference was a nice spot to spotlight their games to a growing Oklahoma industry.

“We are getting into the U.S. market, and our target is, ‘Bingo is back,'” he said while showing off one of his Spanish Bingo style slots. “It's something new and people are loving it. We are doing very well and I have a big projection for the U.S. market.”

Table game variations were also on display, including a new game called Roubingo — combining the action of roulette with the game play of bingo. Oklahoma casinos operate under Class II and III gaming licenses. For those operating as Class II (60 percent of the state's operations), games must be based on bingo-like games of chance (this includes video-style slots). Class III casinos must enter into a compact with the state, which allows Las Vegas-style gaming but shares revenue with the state. Roubingo allows a player to select numbers just as in roulette, but each number is awarded based on an accompanying bingo card with winning numbers determined by a bingo-style hopper of balls.

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facts and figures

Tribal gaming in Oklahoma

39 federally-recognized American Indian tribes.

33 Tribes have signed gaming compacts.

114 tribal gaming operations in the state ranging from an annex to a gas station to full-scale resort casinos.

Per Capita payments

Three-fourths of gaming tribes devote all of their revenue to tribal governmental services, economic and community development, to neighboring communities and to charitable purposes. Seventy-five percent of tribes do not give out per capita payments.

Tribal government services, economic and community development, general tribal welfare, charitable donations, and any requirements for aid to local governments must be provided for before a tribe can file for a “Revenue Allocation Plan,” which must be approved by the Secretary of the Interior.

Tribal members receiving per capital payments pay federal income tax on these payments.

Regulation

Under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), Indian nations and tribes are the primary regulators of Indian gaming. IGRA stipulates that tribes establish the basic regulatory framework for Indian gaming.

State regulation may be included in tribal/state compacts for Class III gaming.

Federal agencies enforce laws relating to Indian gaming, including the National Indian Gaming Commission, the Interior Department, the Justice Department, FBI, IRS, Secret Service and the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

Use of net revenues

Revenues from tribal governmental gaming must be used in five specific areas as stipulated by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Net revenues are not to be used for purposes other than:

1. To fund tribal government operations or programs.

2. To provide for the general welfare of the Indian tribe and its members.

3. To promote tribal economic development.

4. To donate to charitable organizations.

5. To help fund operations of local government agencies.

U.S. Tribal gaming

569 federally-recognized Indian tribes.

240 tribal governments engaged in gaming.

460 tribal governmental gaming operations.

28 states with tribal governmental gaming.

249 tribal-state gaming compacts.

400,000 plus jobs created.

SOURCE: Oklahoma Gaming

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