Tribal gaming data released in NAGA

Published 2:00 am Saturday, April 23, 2011

Gaming in Alabama is big business and data released by Casino City’s North American Gaming Almanac shows the Poarch Band of Creek Indians contributes nearly half of all revenue from the industry.
With only three property locations, PCI managed to corner 43 percent of all gaming revenue in the state as of 2009, the end of the reporting period in the latest Almanac publication.
With four dog tracks in the state, nearly $18 million in revenues were reported in the data published.
The big difference between the two types of gaming in Alabama is seen in taxes paid to the state.
“The State of Alabama collects taxes from pari-mutuel dog racing operations and horse race simulcasting,” the report said.
Under current conditions, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians is not required to pay taxes on revenues received from gambling activity. A bill has been introduced in the past, but has failed to materialize any tax requirements for the Tribe.
Currently, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians operates three gaming facilities in the state. With recent closures of other gaming facilities offering electronic games, Poarch’s facilities are the only such gaming operations in the state.
Operating in Atmore, Wetumpka and Montgomery, Poarch Creek gaming venues have more than 3,000 machines operating daily with an estimated income of just over $14 million in 2009, according to data published in the NAGA.
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