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Group: Drop in casino revenue shows saturation

Published On: Apr 01 2013 11:07:55 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 01 2013 11:09:19 AM CDT

APPLETON, Wis. -

Revenue at Wisconsin's 20 Indian casinos has dropped 5 percent from 2007 to 2011, fueling the argument that the state has reached the saturation point with gaming facilities.

The Post-Crescent of Appleton reported a coalition opposed to the expansion of off-reservation gambling uses the numbers to suggest there are already enough casinos in the state. Brian Nemoir of Enough Already WI argues that anyone who wants to gamble already has enough options.

But the Menominee Indian Tribe, which is trying to open a new casino in Kenosha, blames the downturn on the economy. It says there are still plenty of people who want to gamble.

Tribe spokeswoman Lisa Waukau said the economy will bounce back, which is why the tribe is continuing its efforts for the Kenosha site.

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