Indian Gaming Industry Report shows boost in tribal revenue

Tribal casinos took in $27.427 billion in 2011, an increase of 3.4 percent, according to Casino City’s Indian Gaming Industry Report.

"Despite a sluggish economy in 2011, Indian gaming sustained a modest growth to bring it above its pre-recession gaming revenue level," the report stated.

Some states continued to show considerable growth. Alabama, home to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, saw a 24.6 percent increase in 2011, according to the report.

Oklahoma saw a 7.7 percent gain. The state is home to more gaming facilities than any in the nation.

Florida saw a 4.6 percent increase, the report said. The state is home to the Seminole Tribe, and the Miccosukee Tribe.

Even less-populous states saw growth. Tribal revenues in South Dakota grew 4 percent, according to the report.

There was a turnaround in California too. After suffering through the recession and three years of declines, tribal casinos there showed a 2 percent increase in 2011.

But other states weren't as fortunate. Wisconsin tribes saw a 5 percent decline, marking the fourth year in a row of falling revenues.

Connecticut continues to suffer as well. Revenues fell 2.3 percent there, according to the report.

California, remains the largest Indian gaming state, with $6.8 billion in revenues in 2011. Oklahoma comes second, with $3.23 billion.

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Tribal gaming up 3.4 percent, best showing in three years (The Las Vegas Review-Journal 2/27)
Alabama Creeks lead nation in gambling growth (AP 2/17)
State's Indian casinos' outlook positive after revenue gain (The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat 2/27)
Revenues at Indian casinos up 5 percent, according to report (The South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2/27)
Indian-run gaming up in SD, US (The Mitchell Daily Republic 2/27)
Tribal gaming revenue in state down 5% in four years (The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 2/27)

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