The 501 tribal gaming operations in the United States reportedly had a great 2018 after seeing their aggregated gross gaming revenues for the twelve-month period increase by a little over 4% year-on-year to top $33.71 billion.
According to a report from the Navajo Times newspaper citing official figures from the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), there were 241 aboriginal groups across 29 states offering some form of gaming last year while the recent move into sportsbetting is expected to push 2019’s eventual figure to over $35 billion.
The information from the independent federal regulatory agency reportedly revealed that the 73 tribal gaming establishments spread across California and northern Nevada led the way in 2018 as their aggregated gross gaming revenues improved by 3.1% year-on-year to reach almost $9.28 billion. This was purportedly followed by a region consisting of Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Connecticut, New York and North Carolina as its 38 aboriginal venues chalked up a comparable 2.6% rise to just over $7.52 billion.
The Navajo Times reported that the 95 tribal gambling enterprises in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana, Wisconsin and Nebraska had finished 2018 in a very admirable third spot as their aggregated gross gaming revenues swelled by 4.6% year-on-year to hit well in excess of $4.79 billion. But, the 55 such facilities in Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Washington had purportedly recorded an industry-best 8.2% comparable boost with their takings for the twelve months coming in at slightly over $3.66 billion.
Elsewhere and the NIGC figures showed that the 59 aboriginal casinos in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and southern Nevada had recorded an increase of 3.4% year-on-year in 2018 aggregated gross gaming revenues to $3.14 billion while the almost $2.48 billion amassed by their 72 counterparts in western Oklahoma and Texas had equated to a 7.3% boost.
Finally, the figures reportedly put the 73 tribal casinos in Kansas and eastern Oklahoma in seventh spot nationally thanks to a 3.1% year-on-year improvement in aggregated gross gaming revenues for 2018 to $2.46 billion while their 36 compatriot venues in the considerably less populated region of Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming and South Dakota had seen their final figure swell by 1.5% to just above $368,600.