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Sun July 5, 2009

Casinos Impact Oklahoma

Joplin, MO – Tribal casinos boost Oklahoma revenue

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) Oklahoma state revenue from casinos operated by American Indian tribes increased by nearly 30 percent in fiscal year 2009, to $105.6 million.

The Office of State Finance reports that the fiscal year total for 2008 was $81.4 million.

Three of the seven tribes that operate northeast Oklahoma casinos contributed to the increase. The others contributed less to the state than they did the previous fiscal year.

Derek Campbell, gaming compliance head with the Office of State Finance, says the tribes provide 4 percent to 6 percent of revenues from electronic games and 10 percent of revenues from table games to the state.

The fiscal year 2009 figures represent revenues earned by the tribes in June 2008 through May 2009 and reported to the state from July 2008 through June 2009.

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Information from: The Joplin Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com