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U.S. 2006 Gambling Revenue Rose Almost 7%

Gambling revenues at U.S. commercial casinos rose 6.8% to a record $32.4 billion in 2006, according to a survey released by the American Gaming Association.

The survey used data from about 460 commercial casinos in 11 states.

The casinos employed 366,197 people, up 3.2% from a year earlier, and contributed $5.2 billion in gambling taxes to state and local governments, up 5.5% from a year earlier, the survey found.

"The industry's performance in 2006 upholds our ongoing legacy of providing good jobs, making significant tax contributions and fostering positive economic environments in the communities where we operate," association president Frank Fahrenkopf Jr. said in a statement.

The survey also found that 36 racetrack casinos in 11 states took in 16% more in gambling revenue than the previous year, or $3.6 billion.

The survey did not include the gambling revenues from 372 American Indian casinos in 28 states, 713 card rooms in five states or 11,567 video lottery terminal locations in six states.

The biggest gambling states by commercial casino revenue were Nevada at $12.6 billion, New Jersey at $5.2 billion, Indiana at $2.6 billion, Mississippi at $2.6 billion, Louisiana at $2.6 billion, and Illinois at $1.9 billion.