U.S. Casinos Win a Ton of Money in 2012

09 May 2013 | 04:07 Author: Seth Shafer

U.S. casinos took in $37.3 billion in gambling revenues in 2012, the second highest total on record.

The American Gaming Association (AGA) has released its annual report on the state of gambling at casinos in the U.S. and the news was mostly good, with gambling revenues strong in states such as Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Florida. 

The $37.3 billion in gambling revenues also don't include the results of tribal casinos on Native American land, which are estimated to add another $25 billion to the total as far as gambling revenues throughout the U.S. in 2012.

Business has slowly returned to Nevada and other areas after the recession in the U.S., with the all-time record of $37.5 billion six years ago well within reach and likely to be broken in 2013.

New casinos in Pennsylvania and Ohio are leading the gains, with expanded wagering options in Florida and new projects breaking ground in Massachusetts and other states paving the way for even more slots, blackjack, poker, and roulette action in the future.

Slots remain by far the most popular choice for casino goers, responsible for the majority of the money wagered. Blackjack was the second most popular game in 2012, followed by poker and roulette. 

Roughly one-third of Americans visited a casino at least once in 2012, with a record high 85% of Americans saying that they had no issues with brick-and-mortar casinos.

The sizable tax revenues generated by casinos have caused many states to embrace gambling much more openly than in the past, including a new wave of states such as Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware who are now leading the charge in offering online poker and casino games for state residents.

Ultimate Poker was the first legal U.S. online poker site to open its doors in early May, letting Nevada residents and visitors play legally sanctioned poker in the U.S. for the very first time.

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