Oklahoma voters re-elect Governor Kevin Stitt, who has clashed with Tribal operators

November 10, 2022
Leer en Español

Stitt's re-election is an unfavorable result for Tribal casinos located in the state.

Republican incumbent Kevin Stitt has been re-elected as governor of Oklahoma after garnering 55.5% of the vote. This result is considered as unfavorable for the Tribal gaming industry in the state. 

Tribes have gone back and forth with Stitt over revenue-share payments. This standstill with Stitt's office has turned the hope of legalized sports betting in the state into a stalemate. 

According to the Associated Press, it's believed Stitt's win was helped by an advertising campaign that linked Democratic challenger, Joy Hofmeister, to President Joe Biden. 

All of Oklahoma's 77 counties voted against Biden in the 2020 presidential election. 

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Chief Gary Batton commented: "Although the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma endorsed Governor Stitt’s opponent, we remain open to cooperating with the administration for the benefit of all Oklahomans.

"We hope Governor Stitt’s second term will be marked by an understanding of the economic, cultural, and social benefits Tribes provide to our state, and that he will agree to work with us on issues affecting all residents."

Friction arose between the Tribes in Oklahoma and Stitt shortly after his inauguration in 2009.

Batton continued: "As always, we seek to focus on the things we can agree on, rather than our differences."

At one point, Stitt accused Tribes of offering Class III gaming illegally and followed the accusation up with the threat of opening the state to commercial operators. 

The Tribes were vindicated of this accusation in October 2020. Around the same time, the Oklahoma Supreme Court nullified the compacts that various Tribes and Stitt had agreed to. 


Product Spotlight


Things get unruly in the company of some fleecy characters in the new Konami Gaming’s new Unwooly Riches slot series.

Brian Uran - AI has shown casinos new ways to think about business


Adam Wexler: PrizePicks almost went out of business during Covid - but now...

Roughly six years after speaking to Gambling Insider as an upcoming start-up, PrizePicks CEO Adam Wexler joins the Huddle to reflect on huge growth since - which almost ground to a halt during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We cover:

- Entrepreneurship, regulatory changes and the pandemic

- Offering a different customer experience and differentiating by product

- Fantasy sports being strong enough without sports betting

- Barriers to entry in the fantasy market

- Opposition from FanDuel and DraftKings

- Targets, plans and the Philippines

- US markets and the future of fantasy

Five years ago, before the mass proliferation of social media we see today – and even before the Covid-19 pandemic – I think you would be hard pressed to find a CEO talking about “Instagrammable moments.” KPIs w...

The Global Gaming Awards: Looking ahead to 2024's ceremonies.
After more than a decade of celebrating gaming's best, Gaming America looks ahead to a bright 2024 for the Global Gaming Awards in the Americas and Asia-Pacific.
From the top: The Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention
Tribal gaming is a uniquely American institution and all its uncommon attributes were on display this April at the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention in Anaheim, California.
Review: Terre Haute Casino Resort and Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
Terre Haute Casino Resort vs. Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, Gaming America's Laura Mack reviews each property.
Eureka Casino interview: CEO Andre Carrier on resort expansion
We spoke with returning guest, CEO Andre Carrier, about Eureka Casino Resort's expansion. He aims to not only change the look and feel of the casino, but to also build residential housing around it.