Arizona sees increase in tribes’ gambling payments

Phoenix, Arizona (AP) November 2010

State officials say they’re seeing an increase in revenue from tribal casinos for the first time in 2 1/2 years.

The Gaming Department reports that tribes’ payments will approach $22 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30. That’s up 1.1 percent from last year’s corresponding quarter.

Gaming Director Mark Brnovich says one calendar quarter’s gain isn’t enough to declare a trend but that it could be the first indication of a turnaround.

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

The 22 tribal casinos in Arizona pay the state between 1 and 8 percent of their gross revenue from certain types of gambling, including slot machines and card games.