Gambling revenues at US commercial casinos up
It seems that Americans were
gambling more money and more often at the casinos in 2006.
According to a report by the
American Gaming Association (AGA), the combined revenue of the
commercial casinos in the U.S. is up 6.8% to $32.4 billion in
2006 - a record casino revenue. The AGA uses the financial
reports of 460 casinos in 11 states.
The casino employment is also
up in 2006 - 3.2% compared to the previous year, and the casinos
paid taxes to the states in the amount of $5.2 billion.
Racetrack casinos also showed the healthy revenue increase of
According to AGA's report, the
highest revenue of commercial casinos by state were Nevada at
$12.6 billion, New Jersey at $5.2 billion, Indiana at $2.6
billion, Mississippi at $2.6 billion, Louisiana at $2.6 billion,
and Illinois at $1.9 billion.
The report does not include
gambling revenues from 372 American Indian casinos in 28 states
nor any of the 713 card rooms in five states.