Discussions about Oklahoma’s tribal gaming compacts began in earnest this week without any breakthrough between tribes and the governor’s office, but observers are confident a resolution can be reached without a court battle.
In Oklahoma, tribes currently pay the state between 4 percent and 10 percent of net casino revenues in exclusivity fees, which allow them to operate casinos without facing any competition for table games.
Those fees generated nearly $139m in payments to the state last year on $2.3bn in gaming revenue, with tribes paying some $1.5bn in exclusivity fees over the last 15 years.
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