Tribal Class II offerings have evolved from electronic bingo to viable video slots that can compete on any slot floor
T he history of Class II electronic bingo under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 is one of conflict.
The Seminoles’ expanding use of Class II games ultimately led the tribe into legal roadblocks, including a 1996 lawsuit by the state of Florida attempting to enjoin the Seminoles from offering the games, which the state claimed were in reality “electronic or electromechanical facsimiles of games of chance,” prohibited under Class II of IGRA.
While that particular lawsuit was dismissed on tribal immunity grounds, the Seminoles and other tribes would win subsequent legal and bureaucratic battles over the nature of Class II electronic bingo machines,
including an extended battle with the National Indian Gaming Commission, the federal agency overseeing Indian gaming.
January marks my one-year anniversary as the American Gaming Association’s president and CEO. It’s been quite an amazing year.
I spent much of 2019 traveling, listening, and learning.
Over the past year, the country has seen the benefits of legal, regulated sports betting firsthand. That’s motivated even more states to join the 20-plus jurisdictions that have legalized sports betting as legislatures come back into session. The AGA stands ready to serve as a resource for states considering establishing legal frameworks, and will continue That’s motivated even more states to join the 20-plus jurisdictions that have legalized sports betting as legislatures come back into session.