re: Poker & Is Gambling allowed in your state?
I live in Oklahoma and they just in the past 2 years voted for basically for Full Indian Gaming.
We have had Bingo Halls here for 20 years atleast. Then Horse racing came in about 10-12 years ago. Not long after you could buy what they call a pull tab at the Bingo Halls and they cost anywhere from a .25 to 1.00 and you pulled tabs on the front kind of like a lottery ticket. They stopped that for awhile and then about 4-5 years ago they had alot of the Indian Bingo Halls turn into a Bingo slot machine halls. The lot of them were simliar to a regular slot machine but had electronic bingo cards that you could change the card and you could stop the lines on these(they still have quite a few of them around here also)
At one time BlackJack tables surfaced at some of these Bingo halls and you had to pay to join the Club just to play and they took a rake for the house and the rest of the losses went into a prize pool for a championship tourney each quarter. Where in turn your hours of play gave you so many starting chips into the tourney. They stopped this and then the vote came 2-3 years ago for the table games and the compacted games and the lottery.
A long story even longer(sorry)
We now have basically Vegas style slot machines and the lot of these are still attached to the electronic bingo system thing(not sure why guess it was part of the compact), video poker just started not that long ago also. BlackJack Tables, 3 card poker, PaiGow Poker, Mini Baccarat
and Poker of all kinds. The lottery started in October of last year with the scratch offs, then came the Pick 3 and the first of the year brought Powerball. The only thing we DON'T have is craps, roulette
, The wheel of Fortune (we have the slot lol ) and Keno. I can't think of anything else we don't have.
And there you have it the History of Oklahoma Gaming in a nutshell lol
I do find it a shame though, sure messes up my vacation plans these days, why go anywhere we have almost all of it right here.