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June 3, 2009

The chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission said Wednesday that Indian gaming generated $4.4 billion dollars in 2008 in the region that includes Wisconsin.

Chairman Phil Hogen said the gross gaming revenue generated by the more than 400 casinos and bingo halls throughout the country was $500 million more than in 2007, reaching the total revenue of $26.7 billion in 2008.

For the St. Paul region, which includes much of the Midwest and Plains states, the regional total was $4.4 billion an increase of 4.2 percent. The National Indian Gaming Commission does not break down the information by tribe.

Indian gaming in the Midwest has not suffered the economic hardships of Las Vegas and Atlantic City. In fact, the Oneidas are spending $4.1 million to upgrade the Oneida the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center and Oneida Casino.

Hogen said "It's not the same as they're seeing in Las Vegas. What we're hearing is that general visits are about the same, but people are spending less."

The most recent statistics from the state of Wisconsin are from 2006, which show Indian gaming netted a $1.3 billion in revenue. In that year, the state was paid $119 million by the tribes per their gaming compact agreements.

Indian gaming remains in second place behind commercial gaming, which generated $34.4 billion in 2007.

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