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Gambling revenues at US commercial casinos up 6.8%

It seems that Americans were gambling more money and more often at the casinos in 2006.

Gambling revenues at US commercial casinos up 6.8%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 16%.

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.


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