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1.  Does the Oregon State Police “license” vendor companies?
 
No.  The individual Tribes license vendors.  The Oregon State Police, Tribal Gaming    
Section investigates a gaming vendor to determine suitability to conduct business with the nine  
Oregon Tribes, per their respective Compact.
 
2. What is Class III Gaming?
 
Class III gaming is a definition first found in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988. Class III refers to all classes of gaming that are not Class I, which are traditional forms of tribal gaming and charity type bingo and Class II which is   high stakes bingo and certain non-banked card games. Class III gaming is casino type gaming like slot machines and table games. The definition of Class III gaming also includes lotteries, pari-mutuel wagering, and sports book betting.
 
3.  How many Tribal casinos’ are there in Oregon?
 
Nine
 
4.  What types of gaming are regulated?
 
All forms of tribal government gaming are regulated. Class I gaming is under the   complete authority of Tribal governments. Class II gaming is regulated primarily   by Tribal gaming commissions and secondarily by the National Indian Gaming Commission. Class III gaming is regulated primarily by the Tribal gaming commissions and the Oregon State Police. To conduct Class III gaming a Tribal government must enter into a Class III gaming compact with the State and have it approved by the Department of Interior.  The compact can allocate regulatory responsibilities between the tribe and the state.
 
5.  What is social gaming?
 
A game, other than a lottery, between players in a private home where no house   player, house bank or house odds exist and there is no house income from the operation of the social game; and
 
If authorized pursuant to ORS 167.121, a game, other than a lottery, between players in a private business, private club or place of public accommodation where no house player, house bank or house odds exist and there is no house income from the operation of the social game.
 
6.  Does the State regulate social gaming?
           
No.  Oregon Revised Statue 167.121, local regulation of social gamesCounties and cities may, by ordinance, authorize the playing or conducting of a social game in a private business, private club or in a place of public accommodation. Such ordinances may provide for regulation or licensing of the social games authorized.
 
Note: 167.121 was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 167 or any series therein by legislative action.  See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
 
Last updated: September 28, 2006