Kansas, Oklahoma casinos boost Indian gaming revenue last year

Indian gaming revenue was up nationally last year, and a region that includes Kansas and eastern Oklahoma showed the highest percentage of growth.

Revenue generated by the Indian gaming industry in 2012 totaled $27.9 billion, up 2.7 percent from 27.2 billion in 2011, according to data released by the National Indian Gaming Commission.

It is the highest Indian gaming revenue total ever and marks the third consecutive year of rising revenue since the recession began in 2008, the commission said.

The Tulsa region, which consists of four casinos in Kansas and 60 in eastern Oklahoma, had the largest percentage increase from 2011 — 6.6 percent, or $125 million. Data released by the commission doesn’t break down the revenue from the Kansas Indian casinos.

The largest increase in Indian gaming revenue nationally was $233 million, a 5.1 percent increase, in the St. Paul region, which includes 120 casinos in nine Great Plains states.

The revenue figures were calculated based on independently audited financial statements received by the NIGC through June 20. Indian casinos submit financial statements in accordance with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The figures covered 420 gaming establishments run by 240 tribes in 28 states.

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