1988 - US Congress passes the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA)
1992 - Mike Horan invents Shooter Bingo
March 1993 - Mike Horan receives a “Legal Opinion” from a gaming law firm that Shooter Bingo is a Class II "Game Similar to Bingo" under IGRA.
May 1994 - Mike Horan submits a formal request to the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) for an "Advisory Opinion" on whether Shooter Bingo as a Class II Game under IGRA.
August 1994 - The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) issues its 1st "Advisory Opinion" on Shooter Bingo. The opinion stated that Shooter Bingo meets the 3 statutory requirements of bingo and is classified as a "Game Similar to Bingo" under IGRA.
- Note: In this 1st NIGC “Advisory Opinion”, the NIGC did not allow the game to be played as invented; two modifications were required in that the players were prohibited from throwing the dice and the dice needed to be caged.
December 1994 - Mike Horan, through his attorneys, request that the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) amend the August 1994 “Advisory Opinion” and allow the game to be played as invented; specifically, removing the dice from the cage and permitting the players to throw the dice.
March 1995 - The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) issues 2nd “Advisory Opinion” on Shooter Bingo stating that if the players throw the dice, the game will not be a "Game Similar to Bingo" under IGRA.
1995 - Mike Horan briefly operates Shooter Bingo in Oklahoma and California as required by the two (2) National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) “Advisory Opinions”. Due to the NIGC required modifications that the dice be caged and the players not allowed to throw the dice, Shooter Bingo success is limited.
August 2016 - Due to a dispute between the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the State of Florida regarding the “State Compact”, Mike Horan asks his son, Michael, to research the viability of operating Shooter Bingo, as originally invented, with the players throwing the dice, in the State of Florida.
September 2016 to January 2017 - Michael Horan researches laws, court rulings and National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) “Advisory Opinions” from the past 20+ years. It is determined that since Shooter Bingo received its two (2) NIGC “Advisory Opinions”, that the laws governing Indian Gaming have dramatically changed and, more importantly, various District Courts and Circuit Courts have issued rulings as to set precedence in favor of Shooter Bingo operating as originally invented (allowing the players to throw the dice).
January 2017 - The Horan's and their legal counsel meet with the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) in Washington, DC to demonstrate Shooter Bingo and present a legal argument as to allow Shooter Bingo to operate as invented (allowing the players to throw the dice).
May 2017 - The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) issues Shooter Bingo a 3rd "Advisory Opinion". With this opinion, the game is classified as “Class II Bingo” and, more importantly, the players are allowed to throw the dice.