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.
“Most tribal gaming operations are in rural parts of the country where jobs are greatly needed,” Stevens said.
The dollar figures listed in the report are gross gaming revenues, which are the difference between gaming receipts and payouts.
The report is based on independently audited financial statements received by the National Indian Gaming Commission through June 20, 2013.
Financial statements are submitted by Indian gaming operations as required by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
Nationwide, the revenues represent money generated by more than 420 gaming establishments, associated with nearly 240 tribes operating in 28 states.
Sixty-four of the gaming operations were in the Tulsa Region and 53 were in the Oklahoma City Region.