Tribal gaming revenue in the U.S. grows 3.9 percent in 2017

Tribal gaming revenue in the U.S. grows 3.9 percent in 2017

June 28, 2018 9:40 AM
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Led by its Sacramento region that includes all of California and a smattering of small casinos in Northern Nevada, tribal gaming revenue in the U.S. grew 3.9 percent in 2017 to $32.4 billion. This, according to data provided this week by the National Indian Gaming Commission. (NIGC)

Indian gaming officials, during a Washington D.C. press gathering, also revealed that the various tribes involved in gaming are monitoring the new legal sports wagering markets, to decide exactly how sports wagering will mesh with tribal sovereignty and its current contracts, usually called compacts, with the various state governments.

Two weeks ago, without announcing a launch date, a risk manager or a betting platform, the Mississippi Choctaw Tribal Council said it had approved sports betting at three of its casinos, which would make the Choctaw the first Native American tribe in the U.S. to offer sports betting.

Although legalized sports wagering could be years away in California, NIGA statistics reveal its Sacramento Region, saw revenues grow 7.3 percent in 2017, the largest increase of any of the NIGA’s eight districts, to just under $9 billion.

Nationwide totals covered 494 tribal casinos, 10 more than in 2016.

The Portland (Oregon) region, which also includes new tribal casinos in the state of Washington, had the second-highest percentage increase to Sacramento, up 6.5 percent over 2016, the last full reporting year.