Scott Meacham, a Former state Treasurer who negotiated most of the state’s tribal casino compacts said they did not consider requiring the release of payout statistics.

“Quite frankly, we felt with as many tribal casinos as we had in Oklahoma, the market would force them into competitive payouts on their machines,”said Meacham .

Steve Bourie, author of the “American Casino Guide,” agreed that having a competitive gaming market is an effective way to keep payouts high.

“Gamblers, as a general rule, are very suspicious,” said Bourie. “If you’re not happy with a machine, you can just walk across the street and try it someplace else.”

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