On September 12, 2019, the NIGC released the Fiscal Year 2018 Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) numbers, which total $33.7 billion. This is an overall increase of 4.1% over FY 2017. This is the highest GGR in Indian Gaming history with all of the NIGC’s administrative regions experiencing positive growth. NIGC Vice Chair Kathryn Isom-Clause said, “The GGR calculation process is an example of the partnership between Tribes and the NIGC to ensure effective regulation for a successful tribal gaming industry. These numbers reaffirm the industry’s health as a stable economic driver for Indian Country.” Revenues are calculated based on 501 independently audited financial statements, comprised of 241 federally recognized Tribes across 29 states. The GGR for an operation is calculated based on the amount wagered minus winnings returned to players.