Following three years of decline, California's Indian casinos enjoyed a comeback in revenue during 2011, according to a new report.
Gambling revenue at the state's tribal casinos increased 1.6 percent to $6.91 billion, according to an annual survey by Alan Meister, an economic consultant who makes an annual survey of the industry.
Meister, principal economist with Nathan Associates Inc. in Irvine, said the 2011 results represented a turnaround from the year before, when revenue dropped 2.3 percent.
Gambling revenue represents the casinos' winnings, not the amount wagered.
Meister said casino revenue from non-gambling sources also grew 1.6 percent in California in 2011, to $786.1 million.
Despite the lingering effects of the recession, California remains far and away the largest state for Indian casinos. Oklahoma was a distant second, with gambling revenue of $3.48 billion in 2011.
California's casinos take in about one fourth of all the Indian gambling revenue in the United States, according to Meister's report.