Tribal Gambling Win At Record Levels, Study Says
Facilities Win $30.5 Billion From Gamblers
Tribal casinos nationwide won $30.5 billion in 2015, an all-time high for the industry.
That’s according to Casino City’s 2017 Indian Gaming Industry Report released this week. The work was done by longtime tribal gaming researcher Dr. Alan Meister, an economist with Nathan Associates Inc.
In 2015, there were 242 Native American tribes operating nearly 357,000 gaming machines and nearly 7,700 table games in 494 gaming facilities across 28 states, the report said.
The $30.5 billion was 5.5 percent more than gaming revenue in 2014.
The 2015 performance was also the sixth straight year-over-year growth for tribal gaming.
The tribal facilities, including non-gaming operations, directly and indirectly generated about $103 billion in economic output, 770,000 jobs, $35.5 billion in wages, $1.76 billion in direct revenue sharing payments to federal, state, and local governments, and $10.5 billion in federal, state, and local taxes.
Commercial casinos nationwide, like the ones in Las Vegas, won more than $40 billion from gamblers last year, according to data from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
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