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American Indian Casinos in 501 Gaming Locations

There are 501 American Indian gaming operations in the United States. These are owned by 246 of the nation's 573 federally-recognized tribes. These gaming tribes operate in 29 of the 50 states. The annual revenue from all Indian gaming exceeds $32 billion and represents 43% of all casino gaming revenue in the U.S. (Source: National Indian Gaming Commission)

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Minimum Gambling Age

Each state has negotitated gaming compacts with their tribes. These compacts specify the minimum age for gambling as well as the type of casino games, number of slots and other gaming-related issues.

Many states set the minimum age at 21 if the drinking age is also 21 and the casino has a liquor license to serve alcoholic drinks on the casino floor.

Other states have set the minimum age at 18 or 19, and some have two minimum ages depending on whether or not there is a liquor license.

For state-by-state age limits, see our page entitled Minimum Gambling Ages.

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Which States Have Indian Casinos?

At the present time there are 30 states with Indian casinos. Virginia will become the 31st if approved by Virginia voters this year.

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Which States Have No Indian Casinos?

These 19 states do not currently have Indian casinos:

Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia.

This list will likely be reduced in the new future, as Indian casino projects are proceeding in the states of Arkansas, Massachusetts and Virginia.

Ten Largest Indian Casinos

This list is ranked by number of slot machines, number of table games and the size of the gaming floor at each casino.

  1. WinStar World Casino and Resort
    Thackerville, Oklahoma
    600,000 gaming square feet
    7,400 slot machines, 100 table games, 46 poker tables

  2. Foxwoods Resort Casino
    Mashantucket, Connecticut
    344,000 gaming square feet
    4,800 slot machines, 250 table games, 114 poker tables

  3. Mohegan Sun
    Uncasville, Connecticut
    300,000 gaming square feet
    5,000 slot machines, 300 table games, 42 poker tables

  4. Seminole Hard Rock Casino
    Tampa, Florida
    216,000 gaming square feet
    5,000 slot machines, 140 table games, 46 poker tables

  5. San Manuel Indian Casino
    Highland, California
    220,000 gaming square feet
    4,800 slot machines, 130 table games, 32 poker tables

  6. Pechanga Resort & Casino
    Temecula, California
    200,000 gaming square feet
    4,500 slot machines, 154 table games, 54 poker tables

  7. Choctaw Casino Resort
    Durant, Oklahoma
    218,000 gaming square feet
    4,300 slot machines, 48 tables games, 26 poker tables

  8. Mystic Lake Hotel and Casino
    Prior Lake, MN
    150,000 gaming square feet
    4,000 slot machines, 100 tables games

  9. Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
    Cherokee, North Carolina
    150,000 gaming square feet
    3,280 slot machines, 100 tables games, 20 poker tables

  10. River Spirit Casino
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    136,800 gaming square feet
    3,100 slot machines, 32 table games, 12 poker tables

Indian Casino Facts

  • Indian casino revenue neared $33.7 billion in 2018.

  • Indian gaming operates in 29 states. 25 states allow Vegas-style Class III Indian casinos, 4 allow Class II-only casinos (bingo slots).

  • 38 percent of all U.S. gambling revenues come from the two states California and Oklahoma.

  • Indian gaming provides 612,000 jobs nationwide (both direct & indirect jobs).

  • Indian gaming pays $9 billion in taxes and revenue sharing payments to federal, state, and local governments.

  • The top 5 states for Indian casino revenue:
    Source: Casino City's Indian Gaming Report 2015

    1. California: $7 billion
    2. Oklahoma: $3.77 billion
    3. Florida: $2.33 billion
    4. Washington: $2.32 billion
    5. Arizona: $1.8 billion
Source: National Indian Gaming Commission www.nigc.gov
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Tribes reopened 107 casinos across 14 states in May! More to follow!

May 31, 2020

Tribes reopened 107 casinos this month that were closed two months ago for the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional casinos have announced reopening dates in June and others have announced plans without an opening date.

Most of the casinos that reopened in May require guests and employees to wear face masks, pass a temperature check on entry, and maintain social distancing. Smoking is prohibited, slot machines are limited with up to half turned off, table games are limited to three players using every other seat, and restaurants have less seating or provide takeout only.

Tribal casinos have reopened in these states:

Alabama - No casinos reopened in May. All three Wind Creek casinos will open June 6.

Arizona - Six casinos reopened in May including the three Gila River casinos, Harrah's Ak-Chin, Fort McDowell and Mazatzal casinos. Five more casinos will open in the first week of June.

May 15 Gila River Lone Butte Casino
May 15 Gila River Vee Quiva Casino
May 15 Gila River Wild Horse Pass Casino
May 15 Harrah's Ak-Chin
May 15 Fort McDowell Casino
May 21 Mazatzal Hotel & Casino

June 3 Casino Del Sol
June 5 Desert Diamond-Tucson
June 5 Desert Diamond-Sahuarita
June 5 Desert Diamond West Valley
June 5 Desert Diamond Casino Why

California - The first to open was Win-River Casino on May 15. That was followed by two more casinos in Northern California and eight in Southern California. An additional seven casinos have announced reopening dates in the first week of June.

May 15 Win-River Casino
May 20 Sycuan Casino Resort
May 21 Hard Rock Casino Sacramento
May 21 Rolling Hills Casino and Resort
May 21 Jamul Casino
May 22 Morongo Casino Resort & Spa and Casino Morongo
May 22 Harrah's Resort Southern California
May 22 Valley View Casino & Hotel
May 27 Soboba Casino Resort
May 27 New Cahuilla Casino Hotel
May 27 Barona Resort & Casino

June 1 Pechanga Resort Casino
June 1 Chukchansi Gold Casino
June 8 Cache Creek Casino Resort
June 8 Red Hawk Casino
June 8 Thunder Valley Casino
June 8 Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort
June 10 Chumash Casino Resort

Connecticut - Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun will reopen June 1.

Florida - Miccosukee Resort & Gaming and Seminole Hard Rock Tampa opened in May. The remaining Seminole casinos will open in June.

Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Casino reopened May 1 becoming one of the first to open in the nation. It'se Ye-Ye Casino and Clearwater River Casino also oopened in May. The remaining tribal casinos are expected to open in June.

May 01 Coeur d'Alene Casino
May 16 It'se Ye-Ye Casino
May 16 Clearwater River Casino Hotel

Lousiana - Cypress Bayou Casino & Hotel and Coushatta Casino Resort open in May. The other tribal casinos have not announced dates to reopen.

Michigan - The first to open In Michigan was Island Resort and Casino on May 16. Three others opened in May. Six other casinos have announced openings in the first week of June.

May 16 Island Resort and Casino
May 22 Odawa Casino Resort
May 22 Odawa Casino Mackinaw
May 29 Leelanau Sands Casino

June 1 Little River Casino Resort
June 1 Soaring Eagle and Saganing Eagles Landing
June 1 Firekeepers Casino
June 5 Odawa Casino Resort
June 5 Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel
June 8 Gun Lake Casino

Minnesota - A total of six tribal casinos have opened in Minnesota. The remainder are expected to reopen during June.

May 18 Prairie's Edge Casino Resort
May 26 Little Six Casino
May 26 Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
May 28 Seven Clans Casino Thief River Falls
May 28 Seven Clans Casino Red Lake
May 28 Seven Clans Casino Warroad

New York - The only casino to reopen in May was Lakeside Entertainment. In June the Oneida Nation will reopen Turning Stonem Point Place and Yellow Brick casinos. The other tibes have not annpounced dates.

May 15 LakeSide Entertainment

June 10 Turning Stone Resort Casino
June 10 Point Place Casino
June 10 Yellow Brick Road Casino & Sports Book

North Carolina - Both Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort and Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Hotel & Casino reopened May 28,

North Dakota - Both the 4 Bears Casino and Lodge and the Prairie Knights Casino and Resort reopened May 15. The other tribal casinos are expected to open in June.

Oklahoma - Oklahoma tribes reopened 43 casino in May, the most in May of any other state. Eight more casinos will open June 1. The Cherokee are preparing to open their casinos but have not announce dates.

May 01 Tonkawa Casino and Hotel
May 02 7 Clans First Council Casino
May 07 7 Clans Chilocco Casino
May 08 Osage Casino Ponca City
May 11 Thunderbird Casinos Norman
May 11 Thunderbird Casinos Shawnee
May 14 7 Clans Perry Casino
May 14 7 Clans Red Rock Gasino
May 15 Black Hawk Casino
May 15 Buffalo Run Casino and Resort
May 15 Lucky Star Casino Canton
May 15 Lucky Star Casino Clinton
May 15 Lucky Star Casino Concho
May 15 Lucky Star Casino Concho Travel Center
May 15 Lucky Star Casino Hammon
May 15 Lucky Star Casino Watonga
May 15 Osage Casino Hotel
May 15 Osage Casino Bartlesville
May 15 Osage Casino Hominy
May 15 Osage Casino Pawhuska
May 15 Osage Casino Sand Springs
May 15 Osage Casino Skiatook
May 15 Sac and Fox Nation Casino - Stroud
May 15 StoneWolf Casino
May 27 WinStar World Casino
May 27 Riverwind Casino
May 27 Border Casino
May 27 Ada Gaming Center
May 27 Artesian Hotel, Casino, Spa
May 27 Black Gold Casino
May 27 Chisholm Trail Casino
May 27 Gold Mountain Casino
May 27 Goldsby Gaming Center
May 27 Jet Stream Casino
May 27 Kingston Casino Resort
May 27 Madill Gaming Center
May 27 Newcastle Casino
May 27 Riverstar Casino
May 27 Saltcreek Casino
May 27 Texoma Casino
May 27 Tishomingo Tobacco and Gaming
May 27 Treasure Valley Casino
May 27 Washita Casino

June 1 Choctaw Casino Resort Durant
June 1 Choctaw Casino Pocola
June 1 Choctaw Casino Grant
June 1 Choctaw Casino Broken Bow
June 1 Choctaw Casino Idabel
June 1 Choctaw Casino McAlester
June 1 Choctaw Casino Stringtown
June 1 Choctaw Travel Plaza Casinos Too! - Antlers, Atoka, Broken Bow, Durant, Grant, Heavener, Hugo, Idabel, McAlester, Pocola, Poteau, Stigler, Stringtown, and Wilburton

Oregon - Five Indian casinos reopened in Oregon during May. The remaining casinos are expected to open in June.

May 18 The Mill Casino
May 21 Chinook Winds Casino & Convention Center
May 22 Seven Feathers Casino Resort
May 22 Three Rivers Casino Resort
May 22 Three Rivers Casino Coos Bay

Washington - Sixteen Indian casinos reopened during May. The first was Northern Quest Resort & Casino on May 5. The other tribal casinos, including the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, will open in June.

May 5 Northern Quest Resort & Casino is Reopened!
May 13 Angel of the Wind Casino
May 18 Emerald Queen Casino in Fife
May 18 Clearwater Casino Resort
May 18 Little Creek Casino
May 18 Red Wind Casino
May 19 12 Tribes Resort Casino
May 19 Coulee Dam Casino
May 19 Mill Bay Casino
May 26 Tulalip Resort Casino
May 26 Quil Ceda Creek Casino
May 26 Tulalip Bingo & Slots
May 26 Muckleshoot Casino'
May 28 Swinomish Casino & Lodge
May 28 ilani Casino Resort
May 28 Quinault Beach Resort & Casino

June 1 The Point Casino & Hotel

Wisconsin - Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, Menominee Casino Resort, North Star Mohican Casino Resort and the Oneida Casino with 5 Locations. The other tribal casinos arre expected to open in June.

May 26 North Star Mohican Casino Resort
May 26 Oneida Casino (5 Locations)
May 27 Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison
May 27 Menominee Casino Resort

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Small casinos may now apply for coronavirus relief loans

April 26, 2020

Small casinos were excluded from participating in the initial $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Since that time the American Gaming Association has been working endlessly to change the policy.

When the issue was brought to President Trump's attention in a press briefing April 8, he said it would look into it. The result was a revised policy announced Friday by the Small Business Administration (SBA) which will now allow small casinos to apply for PPP funds.

CEO Bill Miller of the American Gaming Association said, "I'm grateful to President Trump and his administration for recognizing that commercial and tribal gaming industry employees deserve the same support available to other small businesses, and for the significant, sustained efforts of members of Congress to amplify the need for changes to the guidelines to get small gaming operators and their employees through this challenging time."

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American Indian casinos close for coronavirus pandemic

March 31, 2020

Nearly all of the Indian casinos across the nation have temporarily closed down to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The casino closures are voluntary decisions by tribes, which have sovereignty rights over state health regulations. However, during this coronavirus pandemic, these tribes are committed to strictly following the coronavirus guidelines of the federal and state governments.

The financial impact of these casino closures is devastating to most tribes whose primary source of income comes from casino revenues. The lost income is hurting the tribal programs, such as education and healthcare services, and in some cases may result in loan defaults.

The National Indian Gaming Association has requested help from the federal government. It proposes $18 billion in U.S. federal aid, which is 2% of the economic stimulus package (2% represents a proportionate share of the U.S. population).

In a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives, the National Indian Gaming Association wrote:

"Providing the means for tribal governments to continue paying all employees' salaries and benefits will immensely help this country recover."

The National Indian Gaming Association represents 184 tribes.

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15 Tribal Casinos rank "Best Casino" in TripAdvisor Top 50

December 15, 2019

There are 15 Indian casinos that rank in the Top 50 Best Casinos based on TripAdvisor reviews. The data is derived from 360,781 reviews and ranked by percentage of 5-star reviews.

4. WinStar World Casino
Thackerville, Oklahoma - 72.03% five-star reviews

9. Northern Quest Resort & Casino
Airway Heights, Washington - 67.8% five-star reviews

10. Seven Feathers Hotel
Canyonville, Oregon - 67.25% five-star reviews

13. Casino Del Sol
Tucson, Arizona - 65.67% five-star reviews

19. Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
Cherokee, North Carolina - 62.98% five-star reviews

24. Harrah's Resort Southern California
Funner, California - 60.93% five-star reviews

30. Four Winds Casino Resort
New Buffalo, Michigan - 58.88% five-star reviews

34. Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort
Flagstaff, Arizona - 57.92% five-star reviews

35. Mohegan Sun
Uncasville, Connecticut - 57.52% five-star reviews

36. FireKeepers Casino
Battle Creek, Michigan - 56.78% five-star reviews

42. Soaring Eagle Casino & Restaurant
Mount Pleasant, Michigan - 53.4% five-star reviews

43. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Hollywood, Florida< - 52.34% five-star reviews

44. Prescott Resort & Conference Center
Prescott, Arizona - 51.75% five-star reviews

45. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Tampa, Florida - 51.61% five-star reviews

48. Agua Caliente Casino and Hotel
Rancho Mirage, California - 49.53% five-star reviews

Sources: TravelAdvisor, Business Insider

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USA Today names 2019 Top 10 casinos outside Vegas

November 3, 2019

USA Today has named its 2019 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards for the ten "Best Casinos Outside of Las Vegas." Six of the ten are Indian casino.

The surprise winner in first place is Barona Resort & Casino in San Diego County, California. Barona is an Indian gaming casino with 2,500 slots machines, a 400-room hotel with a luxury spa, and award-winning restaurants and golf course.

  1. Barona Resort & Casino - Lakeside, CA

  2. Foxwoods Resort Casino - Mashantucket, CT

  3. Pechanga Resort Casino - Temecula, CA

  4. Grand Sierra Resort, Nevada

  5. Mohegan Sun - Uncasville, CT

  6. Encore Boston Harbor Resort, Massachusetts

  7. Resorts World Catskills, New York

  8. Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Nevada

  9. Turning Stone Resort Casino - Verona, NY

  10. Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Mississippi

Last year the top casino was Foxwoods Resort Casino. Barona Casino Resort did not make the top ten. To compare 2019 to last year, visit Top 10 Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas 2018.

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USA Today's 2019 Top 3 'Best Casino Hotels' are Native American

September 26, 2019

After four weeks of voting in this year's Readers' Choice contest, USA Today announced the results of the Ten Best Casino Hotels. The top three winners are all Native American casino resorts: Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Pechanga Resort Casino.

#1 MOHEGAN SUN

Mohegan Sun as their choice for the #1 Casino Hotel Award. This is the second year in a row that Mohegan Sun has been recognized as number one.

Mohegan Sun is located in in Uncasville, Connecticut about 5 miles north of New London. The casino opened in 1996 and features 300,000 square feet of gaming space, 5,000 slot machines, 300 table games, and 42 poker tables.

There are three hotel towers, the Aspire, Earth Tower and Sky Tower, with a total of 1,563 guestrooms and suites. Amenities include two pools, a 10,000 square-foot solarium, 17,500 square-foot sun terrace, fitness centers and Mandarin Spa facilities.

#2 FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO

Foxwoods Resort Casino is located in Mashantucket, Connecticut southeast of Norwich and opened in 1993. There are six casino with a total of 350,000 square feet, 4,800 slot machines, 250 table games, and 76 poker tables.

Foxwoods has five AAA Four Diamond hotel properties: Grand Pequot Tower, The Villas, Great Cedar Hotel, Two Trees Inn, The Fox Tower. The two towers have a total of 2,266 guest rooms and suites.

#3 PECHANGA RESORT CASINO

The Pechanga Resort Casino is located in Temecula, California in the wine country of southwest Riverside County. The casino opened in 2002 and expanded to become the largest in California. It features 4,500 slots machines, 154 table games, a poker room, high-limit gaming area, 20 restaurants and bars, and 6 entertainment venue.

The Pechanga hotel offers 1,090 rooms and suites, 13 pools and spas, and a 25,000-square-foot health spa. The golf course has been named one of Top 20 public courses in California.

2019 TOP 10 BEST CASINO HOTELS:

  1. Mohegan Sun - Uncasville, CT
  2. Foxwoods Resort Casino - Mashantucket, CT
  3. Pechanga Resort Casino - Temecula, CA
  4. del Lago Resort & Casino - Waterloo, NY
  5. Encore Boston Harbor Resort - Everett, MA
  6. Harrah's New Orleans Hotel and Casino - New Orleans, LA
  7. The Venetian & The Palazzo - Las Vegas, NV
  8. Wynn Las Vegas & Encore Resort - Las Vegas, NV
  9. Beau Rivage Resort & Casino - Biloxi, MS
  10. Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV

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Top 10 Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas 2018

USA Today's 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards has recognized the ten "Best Casinos Outside of Las Vegas." Six of the ten are Indian casino. The overall First Place Award went to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.

  1. Foxwoods Resort Casino - Mashantucket, CT
  2. Mohegan Sun - Uncasville, CT
  3. Grand Sierra Resort - Reno, NV
  4. Pechanga Resort & Casino - Temecula, CA
  5. L'Auberge Casino Resort - Lake Charles, LA
  6. Harrah's Resort Southern California - Valley Center, CA
  7. Cactus Petes - Jackpot, NV
  8. Coushatta Casino Resort - Kinder, LA
  9. Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa - Rancho Mirage, CA
  10. Peppermill Resort Hotel - Reno NV

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