There are many reasons to visit a tribal Gaming casino. Here are the top five reasons to visit a casino:
One of the biggest reasons is the economic impact. Between 1999 and 2012, 67 tribal gaming casinos opened in California. Despite opposition from the local community and state officials, these casinos continue to bring in billions of dollars in annual revenue. The state’s environmental and zoning laws exempt Tribes from these regulations. Madera County Supervisor Tom Wheeler said the referendum would cost the county more than $100 million in funding and jobs. Other concerns include the impact on the local economy.
The economic impact of tribal gaming is difficult to determine, but estimates have shown a steady increase. In 2007 alone, the San Diego market had tribal casinos doing over $2 billion in business, making it a significant proportion of the total amount of tribal gaming in California. Tribal gaming has led to significant economic development for tribal communities, and has a positive social impact. In a 2016 study for the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, tribal gaming operations supported more than 21,000 jobs statewide, while tribal non-gaming operations contributed over $1 billion to the California economy.
Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa opened in 2009, with a Billy Joel concert. The 2,200-seat The Show opened the doors of the casino and opened to the public in 2009.
The Seminole Tribe was one of the pioneers in tribal gaming, and is now expanding on the Vegas strip. Hard Rock International announced plans to buy the former Mirage hotel from MGM Resorts International for $1.1 billion, with plans to build an iconic guitar-shaped hotel there. In the meantime, Hard Rock International has cleared up the naming confusion by purchasing the naming rights to the Hard Rock Casino in Sin City for May 2020.
The tribal gaming industry was not even a possibility 15 years ago. Tribes and commercial operators have followed tribes on this issue. The federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, as it is known, requires tribes to offer a meaningful return in return for exclusivity. Despite the potential for a significant increase in exclusivity fees, tribes must offer an adequate return to maintain their exclusivity. This means that negotiations must be fair and honest.
Another advantage to tribal gaming is the tax revenue. According to a California Nations Indian Gaming Association study, more than 80 percent of tribal casino revenue comes from outside the state. And 80 percent of tribal gaming casinos aren’t even members of the tribe. Therefore, it is no surprise that they are generating significant amounts of tax revenue for their communities. Further, the casino industry supports a local economy, creating jobs and generating significant tax revenues.
In addition to sports betting, there are a number of major casinos that have adopted smoke-free policies. These include the Mohegan Sun and the Pechanga casino. Additionally, most tribal gaming facilities in Michigan are smoke-free. The state-regulated casinos in Detroit are also smoke-free. If tribal casinos are successful in their efforts to become smoke-free, they will attract more visitors and money, allowing them to bounce back from a bad year.