Oklahoma Tribes, Attorney General Face Stalemate Over Gaming Compact Negotiations

Discussions about Oklahoma’s tribal gaming compacts began in earnest this week without any breakthrough between tribes and the governor’s office, but observers are confident a resolution can be reached without a court battle.

In Oklahoma, tribes currently pay the state between 4 percent and 10 percent of net casino revenues in exclusivity fees, which allow them to operate casinos without facing any competition for table games.

Those fees generated nearly $139m in payments to the state last year on $2.3bn in gaming revenue, with tribes paying some $1.5bn in exclusivity fees over the last 15 years.

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