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Huxley, another international casino giant. TCS client product manager Mary Clevidence said her company had been closely watching for change in Oklahoma’s attitude toward dice and roulette games. Clevidence would not discuss the matter further, however, and other company representatives did not return phone calls for comment. “We’re very excited about the legislation,” Clevidence said. AGEM President Marcus Prater said TCS and competitor Gaming Partners International, both based in Las Vegas, are two of the biggest companies in the industry to benefit from the market opening in Oklahoma. Prater said roulette and craps are a small niche where early leverage makes a big difference. “In the case of Oklahoma, that state has been a battleground for many years now for the slot machine companies,” Prater said. “Class II evolved into Class III, and you saw competition increase The recent legalization of craps and roulette in Oklahoma, which have been illegal since 2004, is a victory for the casinos and the companies that supply them. Before House Bill 3375 was signed into law, tribal gaming centers worked around the limitation by using the electronic equivalent of cards dressed up with video to give the illusion of dice being tossed and wheels being spun. HB 3375 allows the real thing, something gamblers can hold in their hands.  accordingly. It gave rise to a couple of companies that made their mark in Oklahoma and allowed them to move into other markets.” Connelly said his company started making headway into Oklahoma just before the legislation passed. “They’re still building the regulations for these games,” he said. “We are eager to enter the market, contingent on the rules and regs and what needs to be adhered to in the state. We obviously have a lot of experience in modifying our products to achieve that.” J O U R N A L R E C O R D . C O M • THE JOURNAL RECORD 21