California Tribal Casinos:By the Numbers

 Percent of the state’s licensed slot machines that are located in Riverside and San Diego Counties.

Million per year the Indian Gaming Revenue Sharing Trust Fund (RSTF) pays to each tribe that doesn’t have a compact with the state.  

 A chapter of the Statutes of 2006 that requires card rooms to pay an additional $100 per licensed table.  The money is then made available to be appropriated to community-based organizations that provide gambling addiction treatment.  

 Tribes statewide that contribute to the Indian Gaming Distribution Fund.

 Casinos operating in California as of March 2000.

 Class of machines which do not require a compact with the state to operate.  Class II games involve players competing against each other, not the “house”.  They include bingo, lotto, and “non-banked” card games like poker.

 Number of Class III machines statewide as limited by the 2004 compacts. Compare to the statewide limit of 61,957 machines of the 1990 compacts.  

The year the 2004 compacts expire.

 Times per-year regulators can inspect a certain number of machines as stated by the 2004 compacts.  


Millions of dollars in state revenue generated through the tribal-state compacts from 2005 through 2006.


The millions of dollars the 2007-08 Governor’s budget unrealistically assumed that annual General Fund revenues related to tribal-state compacts would grow to due to the ratification of the 2006 compacts by the Legislature in early 2007.


The year California voters legalized wagering on horse races.


Class III devices in operation as of March 2006

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