Governor: Oklahoma tribes will be operating Class III games illegally on Jan. 1 if no compact deal is reached Barbara Hoberock, Tulsa World · December 6, 2019 at 5:23 am Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday said tribes that offer Class III gaming after Jan. 1 will be doing so illegally. The question for tribes that offer gaming, the governor said, is how are they going to operate without a “contract.” “Are they going to be operating illegally Class III games?” Stitt said. “That brings a whole host of issues with vendors.” The governor and the tribes are at an impasse on gaming compacts that require the tribes to pay fees to the state in exchange for substantial exclusivity rights in the area of gaming. Those rates range from 4 percent to 10 percent and generate millions for the state. Class III games include slot machines and roulette.