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Proposed slot machine restrictions could hurt Oklahoma casinos

11 February 2008

OKLAHOMA CITY -- As reported by the Associated Press: "A proposed new federal restriction on the types of slot machines tribes can offer at casinos could cost Oklahoma tribes millions of dollars each year, but would boost funding for the state's education system.

"The National Indian Gaming Commission wants to create a greater distinction between Class II games based on bingo and Class III, or Las Vegas-style, slot machines. The distinction is important because states can only collect a portion of tribes' profits from Class III games.

"Indian gaming experts have said the vast majority of existing Class II machines would become illegal in 2013 if the new regulations, as proposed, take effect..."

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