Oklahoma Governor Says Compact Standoff Opening Door For Commercial Gaming

In an effort to get tribes to the negotiating table, Governor Kevin Stitt said there is the possibility for expanded commercial gaming in Oklahoma should a stalemate with tribal leaders over the current gambling compact continue into next year.

“We’ve talked to a few commercial (companies),” Stitt said Friday during a news conference at the start of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) meeting in Las Vegas.

Stitt wants to renegotiate the exclusivity fees that tribes pay to operate Class III slot machines and table games. 

On Friday, Stitt acknowledged he has not had much success getting the tribes to the negotiating table so far.

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