Oklahoma hasn’t had legal blackjack for a long time. Horse racing was the first form of gambling to be legalized in the state in 1982. Bingo and raffles were next forms of gambling to be legalized in the state. Blackjack in Oklahoma was finally made legal 20 years later in 2002.
There are casinos and racinos all over Oklahoma today. All gaming in the state is operated by Indian tribes. The regulatory framework for Indian gaming comes from the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). Legal casino gaming is on the rise in Oklahoma. The State collected more than $132 million in tribal gaming fees in the fiscal year 2016 under the state-tribal gaming compact.
Oklahoma casinos have different blackjack rules that include the following:
- Ante ranges from free to $1 depending on the amount wagered and casino
- Natural blackjack normally pays 3-to-2. It may pay 1:1 depending on the ante rules.
- Dealer may stand on Soft 17
- Player may double down on any two cards
- Player may double after splitting a pair
- Casinos must offer Surrender
Casinos Dealing Blackjack in Oklahoma
Oklahoma has well over a hundred casinos around the state. While every casino offers some form of gambling, they may not offer blackjack. Below is a list of the casinos that deal blackjack in Oklahoma.
Apache Casino Hotel
The Artesian Hotel Casino
The Black Hawk Casino
Buffalo Run Casino
Cherokee Casino – Roland
Cherokee Casino – West Siloam Springs
Choctaw Casino Resort – Durant
Choctaw Casino Resort – Pocola
Choctaw Casino Resort – Grant
Choctaw Casino Resort – McAlester
Comanche Casino – Red River
Comanche Casino – Lawton
Creek Nation Casino
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – Tulsa
Indigo Sky Casino
Kickapoo Casino – Harrah
Kiowa Casino Red River
Kiowa Casino Verden
Lucky Star Casino Clinton
Lucky Star Casino – Concho
Osage Casino – Bartlesville
Osage Casino – Ponca City
Osage Casino – Skiatook
Osage Casino – Tulsa
River Bend Casino
River Spirit Casino Resort
Sugar Creek Casino
Treasure Valley Casino
Thunderbird Casino – Norman
Winstar World Casino
Table Games Revenue in Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Gaming Compliance Unit reports a monthly breakdown of all gaming fees from State-Tribal Gaming Compacts. The information for total monthly gaming fees and isn’t broken down by table games and electronic games.
The annual gaming compliance report goes into much more detail but is still fee-based, not revenue based like most state gaming reports. The annual report includes table game and slot machine fees for the year. The information is even detailed by how much each tribe contributes.
Here’s a breakdown of the table game fees paid to the state of Oklahoma for recent years:
2016 Oklahoma table games fees: $18,442,476
2015 Oklahoma table games fees: $17,663,490
History of Blackjack in Oklahoma
Legal gambling in Oklahoma started with horse racing in 1982. Table games and slot machines weren’t legal in Oklahoma until 2002. This started a casino explosion. Today, Oklahoma has the most Tribal casinos in the country.
Oklahoma has well over 100 casinos with 20 properties that offer a Las Vegas-like resort experience. However, many of the casinos in Oklahoma are small and only offer slot machines. Finding blackjack in Oklahoma isn’t as simple as just looking for the nearest casino.
Blackjack and all table game regulations are overseen by the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association (IOGA). Casinos that offer blackjack may offer different rules than other casinos. Blackjack games with an ante for each hand increase the house edge for the casino. Some casino run promotions where they remove the ante rule. Keep an eye on the casinos for information as it may only be temporary.