Illegal gambling houses in Mexico could provide up to $10,000 a week in “tax payments” to drug cartels in Mexico, according to organized crime experts.
Although casinos modeled after Las Vegas are outlawed in the country, sports-betting and other gambling games are permitted. Numerous illegal gambling parlors operate in the backrooms of legal gaming establishments.
In 2000, there were a little over 100 such legal/illegal gambling houses in Mexico. In 2011, there were over 800.
Source: Randal C. Archibald, “After Fatal Casino Attack, Mexican Officials Focus on Organized Crime’s Link,” New York Times, August 26, 2011.