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 surveys 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.