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Indian casino revenue in ND grew 6 percent in 2012

A dealer shuffles a deck of cards during a poker game at a casino in Budapest September 15, 2009. CREDIT: REUTERS/KATOLY ARVAI
A dealer shuffles a deck of cards during a poker game at a casino in Budapest September 15, 2009. CREDIT: REUTERS/KATOLY ARVAI

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The growth in revenue at American Indian casinos in North Dakota in 2012 bucked the national trend.

Casino City's Indian Gaming Industry Report released Wednesday shows that Indian-owned casinos in North Dakota brought in $184 million in 2012, a 5.5 percent increase from 2011. The growth from 2010 to 2011 was only 2.2 percent.

Nationally, growth slowed in 2012 to 2 percent, from 3.4 percent the previous year.

The report also says the number of table games at Indian casinos in North Dakota dropped 29 percent from 2011 to 2012, while the number of slot machines increased 7 percent.

Chief Financial Officer Weston Quinn at Dakota Magic Casino at Hankinson says the numbers accurately reflect how business at his casino has changed.

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