The 10 Heaviest Gambling States in America

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Gambling is one of those things that many people will try at least once in their life. For many, that will include a trip to a city with numerous commercial casinos, which means travelling to one of the 23 states that currently allow those casinos, according to the American Gaming Association.

While it should come as no surprise to anyone that Las Vegas and its home state of Nevada pull in the biggest numbers in terms of casino gaming revenue, there are still 22 other states vying to be the state where you spend your gaming dollars. These states allow everything from the land-based casinos you'll find on the Las Vegas strip, dockside casinos, racetracks with video casinos, and even riverboats.

This list ranks the top ten gambling states by casino gaming revenue in 2013, according to Bloomberg and the American Gaming Association. It is worth noting that the information does not include casinos on Native American reservations, as they are technically not part of the states, so some states such as Connecticut are missing from the AGA's list of 23 states entirely.

10. Iowa

Gross casino gaming revenue: $1.417 billion

Number of casinos: 18

The state of Iowa features riverboat, traditional land-based casinos, and racetrack casinos with slots and table games. The state first legalized casinos in 1989, with the first one opening its doors in 1991.

9. Illinois

Gross casino gaming revenue: $1.551 billion

Number of casinos: 10

Unlike many other states, Illinois' casinos only include riverboats. The riverboats have been operating in the state since 1991, though they were first legalized in 1990.

8. Missouri

Gross casino gaming revenue: $1.707 billion

Number of casinos: 13

Like Illinois, Missouri only has riverboat casinos, according to the American Gaming Association. The state legalized casinos in 1993, with the first one opening in 1994.

7. New York

Gross casino gaming revenue: $2.331 billion

Number of casinos: 9

The nine casinos in New York include racetrack casinos with publicly-run video lottery terminals. The state collected $878 million in gaming tax revenue in 2013, which went to education, according to the American Gaming Association.

6. Mississippi

Gross casino gaming revenue: $2.331 billion

Number of casinos: 30

Mississippi is home to several dockside and land-based casinos, many of which are located in the city of Biloxi, which sits on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

5. Indiana

Gross casino gaming revenue: $2.331 billion

Number of casinos: 13

Indiana's casinos include riverboats, racetrack casinos with slots, and traditional land-based casinos. All riverboats and land-based casinos have a $3 admissions tax per person, which contributes to the $806.56 million in gaming tax revenue generated in 2012.

4. Louisiana

Gross casino gaming revenue: $2.443 billion

Number of casinos: 18

Louisiana's casinos include riverboats, land-based casinos, and racetrack casinos with both slots and table games. According to the American Gaming Association, 18% of the gross gaming revenue from racetrack casinos in the state is paid to horsemen in the races.

3. New Jersey

Gross casino gaming revenue: $2.87 billion

Number of casinos: 12

The home state of Atlantic City, one of the most well-known gambling cities in the country behind Las Vegas, is surprisingly only third on this list, though it is very close to the second-place state. New Jersey was the second state to legalize casinos, with laws passing in 1976, and the first casino opening in 1978, second only to Nevada.

2. Pennsylvania

Gross casino gaming revenue: $3.114 billion

Number of casinos: 11

The gaming industry in Pennsylvania is relatively new, with laws legalizing the casinos passing in 2004, and the first casino opening in 2007. The states' casinos include traditional land-based casinos and racetrack casinos with slots and table games.

1. Nevada

Gross casino gaming revenue: $11.143 billion

Number of casinos: 265

It really shouldn't be a surprise that Nevada is at the top of this list, given that Las Vegas has more casinos than any other city in the country. According to the American Gaming Association, 52.3 million people visited casinos in the state in 2012.

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