Throughout the state of Oklahoma you will find many casinos and bingo halls run by various Indian tribes. Although these activities are completely in line with the countrys law, you may be surprised to know that there are also a lot of illegal operators out there trying to shoot around the law. For this reason, the state of Oklahoma has a large number of laws and statutes on the books.
Some of these affect the available player, while most are in place to protect the public from con artists and other illegal operations. If you are thinking of visiting Oklahoma on a spell ride to somewhere like Hominy, Chickasha, El Reno or Pocola then you may find interesting to read about some of these laws.
Statute 21-944 - Slot Machines - Crimes - The person who creates or operates a slot machine in his or her business range will be guilty of an offense. In conviction, they shall receive a fine of at least 25 Dollars and no more than 100 Dollars or imprisonment in the prison for a maximum of 30 days or both fines and imprisonment.
Statute 21-945 - Buildings - Use for games - Felony - It is illegal for the owner of any building or property to consciously allow games to take place in the premises. If you do, it will result in a fine of at least 100 and no more than 1000 Dollars. Every day as illegal activities continue to count as a separate crime, then what seems to be a rather mild penalty can be quickly added. If the offender can not pay the fine, the property will be seized.
Statute 21-946 - Improper use of building - Overload - Felony - Any home or place where illegal games take place is guilty of crimes. The owner of the house or room, along with anyone helping to drive it, will be considered guilty of a crime and will not be fine for less than 500 Dollars and no more than 10,000 Dollars . Another option is imprisonment in the state penitentiary for a term of at least 1 year and not more than 10 years.
Statute 21-954 - Three Cards Monte, Swindle or Confidence Games - Felony - Anyone who trades, plays or practices the scam called three-card monte, and any other fraud or confidentiality game, shall find fault for a crime and be fined at least 1000 Dollars and no more than 5,000 Dollars, or by limitation in the state penitentiary for a term of at least 1 year and no more than 5 years.
Statute 21-969 - Sale or possession of slot machines or pioneers - Crimes of conduct - It is illegal for anyone to have any slot machine or punch board or to sell or rent such items. The only exceptions apply to slot machines older than 25 years or slot machines used to teach slot machines. People who are violated will be guilty of a crime, fining no less than 50 Dollars and no more than 150 Dollars, or imprisoned in the county prison for a maximum of 60 days or both.
Statute 21-971 - Operational Punches - Crimes of Crime - Anyone who sets up or operates a punch board unless covered by the Charity Gaming Act will be guilty of a crime and be fined with a fine of at least 50 Dollars and no more than 100 Dollars, or by jail in a prison for a maximum of 30 days or both.
Statute 21-987 - Splash of Game Information - Felony - Game information is defined as sending or receiving information used to make or solve games. This does not apply to licensed radio or television stations or newspapers that report the odds of a statutory sporting event. A person who is obliged to disseminate such information will be guilty of a crime and punishable by imprisonment for a maximum of 5 years, or a fine of up to 25,000 dollars or both.
Fortunately, the average citizen should never be in danger of breaking any of these laws. Nevertheless, it is an interesting feature of the government system in Oklahoma. Stay away from illegal slotsparlors that are set in trailer parks and you should only be good.