State of the States 2018: The AGA Survey of the Commercial Casino Industry

Report | 08.23.2018
State of the States 2018: The AGA Survey of the Commercial Casino Industry


The American Gaming Association (AGA) has released the 2018 edition of State of the States: The AGA Survey of the Commercial Casino Industry, AGA’s flagship publication. The annual report provides a comprehensive overview of the commercial casino industry and the significant economic impact it has in the 24 U.S. states with commercial gaming operations.

Key findings from the 2018 State of the States report include:

  • The commercial gaming industry brought in $40.28 billion in gaming revenue in 2017, a 3.4 percent increase over 2016;
  • In 2017, states received $9.23 billion in revenue from commercial gaming taxes alone; and
  • 20 commercial casino states experienced revenue increases in 2017, reflecting strong macroeconomic trends and sustained job growth in most parts of the country.

AGA’s annual State of the States report includes state-by-state analyses of revenue, tax data and wage and employment information from the previous year. For the first time, the 2018 edition combines two of AGA’s signature publications: State of the States and U.S. Gaming Industry Review – into one comprehensive overview of the 24 U.S. states with commercial casino gaming. The report also provides a state-by-state breakdown of the legality of types of gaming and number of casinos, as well as a look at the primary competition faced by casinos in each state and summarizes the year’s major gaming policy discussions relevant to gaming operators and suppliers.


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