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Tribal Traction

Tribal Traction

Tribal gaming profits in the United States are setting new records, reaching $30.5 billion in 2015, according to the 15th edition of Casino City’s Indian Gaming Industry Report, released last month by Dr. Alan Meister, an economist specializing in Indian gaming. That’s 5 percent higher than the year before. In 2015 there were 242 tribes that operated 494 casinos in 28 states, with 357,000 slot machines and 7,700 table games. The growth is the sixth year in a row for tribal gaming. The industry, which includes non-gaming amenities that are part of some casinos, directly and indirectly created $103 billion in economic activity, 770,000 jobs, $35.5 billion in wages and $1.76 billion that tribes shared with state governments. Gaming patrons spent about $40 billion. The map shows the percent of increase/decrease for tribal gaming revenues in each state.

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