News and Analysis
Indian Gaming Revenue Hits New Highs
The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) has this week announced the total gross gambling revenue year totals for 2022, with figures showing a 4.9% yearly increase. Total revenue stood at $40.9bn, a new record for Indian gaming in the USA (there are 519 gaming sites run by 244 federally recognized tribes in the US). The increases were experienced in seven out of eight regional territories, with only one, Sacramento, reporting a fall of 1.4% YoY.
Chairman of the NIGC, E Sequoyah Simermeyer, commented, "This year's historic revenue reflects the resiliency of many tribal gaming operations, and how tribal gaming continues to rebound and remain strong. Tribal governments and the operations they licence continue to explore new and innovative ways to expand and deliver world-class experiences to cultivate sustainable economies."
Meanwhile, Vice Chair Jeannie Hovland said, "We have cause to celebrate the opportunity successful Indian gaming operations affords tribes to invest in the future and improve the quality of life for individual Native people, and their families, and their communities." Unlike commercial gaming entities in the US, Indian Gaming operators reinvest profits in local communities, using gambling revenue to fund education and health projects.
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AGA: Celebrating 27th Months of Continuous Growth
In our last nugget of good news for the week, the American Gaming Association has also reported record numbers, with the US market recording its 27th month of consecutive commercial gaming revenue growth in May 2023. Total gross gaming revenue increased YoY in May by 6.4%.
Meanwhile, sports betting gross gambling revenue grew by over 41.5% in May, with iGaming up 22.4%. In terms of annual change to date, that's a massive 64.9% increase for online sports betting YoY and 22.3% for iGaming. According to the AGA, the increase in sports betting revenue is because Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Ohio launched legal sports betting markets last year.
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