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Osage Gaming Commission approves standards for dice games at Osage Casinos

To expand Osage Casino amenities to include live craps, the Osage Nation Gaming Commission approved game internal control standards on Aug. 14.

During the regular monthly meeting in Pawhuska, the three-member Gaming Commission unanimously approved the craps standards referred to as a System of Internal Control Standards (SICS) to offer the games in the Nation’s casinos.

Gaming Commission Executive Director Elizabeth Hembree said Osage Casino management would decide which of the seven casinos would offer craps.

According to the National Indian Gaming Commission, SICS are comprised of written policies, procedures and standard practices “specifically designed to create a system of checks and balances to safeguard the integrity of a gaming operation and protect its assets from unauthorized access, misappropriation, forgery, theft or fraud.”

Hembree said the Gaming Commission also received a letter from the casino gaming compliance team recommending that craps be allowed at the casino following group efforts to formulate and review the proposed SICS for craps.

The Gaming Commission’s attorney Eugene Bertman said he also reviewed the SICS after “a lengthy process” and recommended approval. At an Aug. 7 emergency meeting to consider one item, the Gaming Enterprise Board approved the craps SICS.

Gaming Commission Board members Michael Kidder (chairman), Larraine Wilcox and Gary Weyl unanimously approved the SICS for craps.

In March, the Gaming Commission approved SICS, as well as Tribal Internal Control Standards, to offer live roulette starting with one table at the Tulsa casino, which is the Nation’s largest gaming property.

The approved craps standards for Osage Casinos comes one year after Oklahoma lawmakers approved a state law allowing ball and dice games at tribal casinos, which includes craps. After the state law passed, the ON Congress approved amendments to the tribe’s gaming compact that would allow ball and dice games at Osage Casinos during an August 2018 special session.