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Oklahoma's gaming share grows

JAY F. MARKS Modified: July 8, 2009 at 11:30 am •  Published: July 8, 2009

Tribal Casino tax revenue: (View the larger map here)
Source: Oklahoma Office of State Finance

New casinos are set to open next year in Durant and Idabel.

The tribe paid the state 20 percent more in fiscal year 2009 than it did the year before.

The Cherokee Nation, the third-largest contributor in gaming funds, did not experience as much of an increase, but officials said that was expected. The tribe was among the first to add Class III electronic games, Cherokee Nation Entertainment CEO David Stewart said, so its growth numbers have stabilized.

Contributing: Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau; Database Editor Paul Monies

Gaming Revenue
Indian gaming generated more than $26.7 billion in gross revenue in 2008 at about 400 tribal casinos and bingo halls, according to the National Indian Gaming Commission. The two regions that include parts of Oklahoma showed the strongest growth over 2007, netting about $3 billion. Oklahoma is home to 104 gaming operations in the region that also includes Texas and Kansas, according to the commission’s figures. Those states have only six gaming operations.


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