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National Indian gaming revenues reach record high

National Indian gaming revenues climbed to a record $27.9 billion in 2012 — a 2.7 percent increase over the previous year. The fastest revenue growth was reported in the Tulsa Region, which includes Kansas and eastern Oklahoma, where revenue increased 6.6 percent.
by Randy Ellis Published: July 24, 2013
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National Indian gaming revenues climbed to a record $27.9 billion in 2012 — a 2.7 percent increase over the previous year.

The fastest revenue growth was reported in the Tulsa Region, which consists of eastern Oklahoma and Kansas, where revenue rose 6.6 percent.

The second-fastest growth was in the Oklahoma City Region, which is composed of western Oklahoma and Texas, where revenue increased 5.8 percent.

The Tulsa Region reported gross gaming revenues of about $2 billion in 2012, while the Oklahoma City Region reported $1.8 billion in revenues.

The report was issued by the National Indian Gaming Commission, which divides the United States into seven regions for reporting purposes.

“In 2012, the Indian gaming industry saw its largest gross gaming revenues ever,” said Tracie Sevens, commission chairwoman.

“For those who judge casino spending as an indicator of increased discretionary spending and economic recovery, 2012 revenues certainly display economic encouragement.”

All seven regions reported revenue increases in 2012.

This is the third straight year that national Indian gaming revenues have grown after a slight dip between 2008 and 2009, as the nation slid into recession and gaming revenues slipped from $26.7 billion to $26.5 billion.

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by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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