America loves casinos

May 14, 2002 7:09 AM

Despite the terror inflicted on the nation by the 9/11 attacks, the gaming industry remained one of the nation’s favorite pastimes, according to a recent survey by the American Gaming Association (AGA).

The survey determined that "tens of millions" of people visited the country’s 433 casinos in 11 states and pushed gaming revenue upward by 5%.

"This is a testament to the popularity of casinos gaming as well as the industry’s geographic diversification," said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., AGA president and CEO. "Despite a difficult economy and unprecedented travel concerns, our industry thrived."

Gross revenue from the commercial casino industry climbed to $25.7 billion in 2001, up from the previous year’s $24.3 billion. Reporting double digit growth were the states of Michigan, South Dakota and Missouri.

The industry employed 364,000 people with a payroll of $11.5 billion. Also, the casino companies paid $3.6 billion in gaming taxes.

The poll was conducted for the AGA by Peter Hart and Frank Luntz, two nationally-known pollsters.