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Tribe makes bingo gambit
Cape Cod Times,
Thursday, April 5, 2007 at 3:34:04 PM
If their bid for a full-fledged casino is turned down by the state Legislature, the Mashpee Wampanoag say they will open a gambling destination that offers "bingo slots" anyway.
The National Indian Gaming Commission Office of General Counsel reviews games on request by a tribe or a game developer and issues advisory opinions on whether they are Class II or Class III. There are 22 states in the U.S. that have Class III gaming compacts with tribal governments.
The tribe argues that bingo slots, which resemble traditional slot machines but pit players against each other rather than the house, are permitted under the state's Class II gaming laws. So far, no one offers them in the state.
"We don't want to take anyone by surprise," tribal spokesman Scott Ferson said yesterday.
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