Commercial and tribal casinos


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

According to the American Gaming Association, there were a total of 460 commercial casinos in the United States in 2017. This number includes both land-based and riverboat casinos. The number of commercial casinos in the country in 2016 was the highest in the last decade (524) — in comparison, during 2010 there were only 438 casinos. In comparison, 2005 saw only 455 casinos operating.


There are also tribal (Native American) casinos operating in the U.S. In 2014, there were 474 tribal casinos in the U.S. In 2010 and 2011, 456 and 459 tribal casinos operated in the country respectively. In 2012, there were 466 officially operating tribal casinos.

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The following statistics show the American casino locations with the highest commercial gaming revenues two years ago (2017), according to information provided by RubinBrown published at Las Vegas generated the highest commercial gaming revenue with over $6.46 billion in 2017. Atlantic City in New Jersey came in second, generating a revenue of $2.41 billion through the same period. The casino market of Chicago totaled $1.93 billion in commercial gaming revenue in 2017. Washington, D.C. and  New York City rounded out the top five commercial gaming markets that year with $1.5 billion and $1.45 billion in gaming revenue respectively.


The most popular game (according to casino visitors in May 2014) in casinos was slot machines — about 48 percent of respondents stated that they preferred slots over any other casino game. The survey also found that blackjack (16 percent of respondents) and poker (6 percent of respondents) were popular choices for casino visitors as well.

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About Pavel Prikhodko


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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