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Oklahoma Indian gaming revenues continue to thrive, report shows

Oklahoma Indian gaming revenues are growing more than three times faster than national Indian gaming revenues, according to a report released Wednesday by a California economist.
by Randy Ellis Published: March 26, 2014
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“That’s sort of the trend that has been happening over the years, where Indian gaming facilities have been tending to add more of the non-gaming amenities so they can have more well-rounded facilities,” he said.

Many have become more like resorts, he said.

Revenues from Oklahoma Indian gaming casinos rose to $3.7 billion in 2012, an increase of about 7 percent from the previous year, according to Casino City’s 2014 Indian Gaming Industry Report.

Nationally, Indian gaming revenues rose to about $28.1 billion in 2012, an increase of about 2 percent over 2011.

The report says it utilizes data from 2012 because that is the most recent year for which such statistical information is available.

The number of tribal gaming machines in Oklahoma increased about 7 percent to 68,134 in 2012, while the number of table games rose about 8 percent to 813, the report says.

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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State benefits from gaming compacts

Revenue the state receives from tribal gaming compacts increased last fiscal year, going from $123,872,079 in

fiscal year 2012

to $128,097,759 in

fiscal year 2013.

The state has received $80,576,907 through the first eight months of the current fiscal year, with four months remaining.

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