State gambling revenue stays stable, agency says

2013-08-02T00:00:00Z State gambling revenue stays stable, agency saysArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

State revenue from tribal casinos held steady in the quarter ended June 30, according to the latest figures from a state gambling agency.

The Arizona Department of Gaming reported that the tribes' payments to the state will total about $25.1 million for the quarter that ended June 30, within a few thousand dollars of matching the same quarter a year ago.

Revenues had slipped about 1 percent in the first three months of 2013 compared with the same quarter in 2012, according to the state.

Individual tribes do not disclose their revenues. But the tribes are required under the terms of a 2002 voter-approved law to give the state a share of what they have made, and those public figures are an indicator of gambling trends.

Money from the payments is distributed to various special funds - including ones for education, emergency services, tourism and gambling prevention.

The 23 tribal casinos in Arizona pay the state between 1 percent and 8 percent of their gross revenue from certain types of gambling, such as slot machines and card games.

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