The annual revenue of Native American casinos is impressive, reaching billions of dollars. Tribal casinos can be found in 29 states across America and are owned by 245 of America’s 574 registered Native American tribes.
Although the profits from these casinos are significant, they must pay taxes and fulfill terms of their revenue-sharing agreements with federal, state, and local governments. Only once these bills and other operating expenses are covered that tribes can start looking at net income, which is distributed among registered members.
Here are the top Native American casinos and what to expect when visiting them:
WinStar World Casino and Resort
In recent years, Oklahoma has ranked second in a list of US states generating the most revenue from Native American casinos, with current figures sitting at around $4 billion annually. WinStar World Casino and Resort is by far one of the best-known Native American gambling enterprises. Located in Thackerville, Oklahoma, and owned by the Chickasaw Nation, this casino is a gamblers’ paradise with its 600,000 square feet, 100 table games, 50 poker games, and 7,500 slot machines.
Gun Lake Casino
This casino in Wayland, Michigan, owned by the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, leads the charge after the state legalized online gambling. In addition to its brick-and-mortar facility, Gun Lake has recently launched a Michigan online casino. The operator is working in partnership with Pennsylvania casino giant, Parx, to bring cutting-edge gambling technology to players. Michiganders who have been budgeting well are best-placed to give online gambling a try.
Pechanga Resort and Casino
This Temecula, California casino is among one of many dotted around the state. The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians owns and operates the establishment, which boasts about 150 table games, 50 poker games, and 4,500 slot machines. It is the largest resort and casino on America’s West Coast and among the largest in the country. Many people thinking about starting a business tangentially related to Native American casino operations could consider Temecula an ideal location.
Foxwoods Resort Casino
Owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, visitors can find Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. It boasts more than 300,000 square feet of gambling opportunities, including about 4,500 slot machines, 250 table games, and 110 poker games. Guests at the resort can include fine dining, spa treatments, a round of golf, and luxury hotel accommodation.