CALIFORNIA GAMING TAKING ITS TOLL ON NEVADA

July 21, 2001 7:34 PM
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Tribal casinos in California could impact Northern Neveda gaming by 21% in the next few years, according to the research director for the National Indian Gaming Association.

Kate Spilde cited a Bear Stears study that suggested Reno-Sparks casino revenue could plunge $231 million a year by 2004.

She said California casinos may account for half of the country’s entire tribal gambling market in the next few years.

Gamblers from California currently account for 35% of Nevada’s gambling business. She said markets in border cities such as Laughlin and Reno could be most affected by California gaming.