The U.S. gaming industry, which includes commercial, tribal, iGaming, and limited stakes gaming segments, generated $71.1 billion in 2015. Last year was the 6th consecutive year of growth for the industry and the first time revenues exceeded $70 billion.
% Gaming Revenues by Segment
Commercial gaming, which includes 580 casinos across 24 states, set a new revenue record in 2015. A little more than 60% of the 140 casinos monitored experienced revenue increases in 2015. While several casinos closed down last year, the fact that gaming activity improved for existing casinos is a welcome change for an industry which has faced increased market competition from recent gaming expansions. Overall, this industry segment grew by 2.3% in 2015 and generated $38.3 billion.
The tribal or Indian gaming segment continued growth and expansion during 2015. During 2015, this industry segment contained more than 459 casinos, operated by 240 Indian tribes, that generated an estimated $29.3 billion last year. Since 2007, this sector has maintained steady annual growth of 1.8%.
The year 2015 marked the second full year of gaming operations for this industry segment. It generated $160.7 million last year with a growth rate of 19.3%.
Limited Stakes Gaming
The limited states gaming segment includes gaming machines located in taverns, restaurants and truck stops. During 2015, this segment generated $3.3 billion and realized the greatest increase in revenues of the three gaming industry segments.