Anthony Pico, foreground, shown with Chris Kelley at Viejas Casino, says the economic downturn caused a 30 percent to 40 percent reduction in gross earnings at the county’s casinos.

Anthony Pico, foreground, shown with Chris Kelley at Viejas Casino, says the economic downturn caused a 30 percent to 40 percent reduction in gross earnings at the county’s casinos.

Patrons are cautiously returning to the 10 casinos in San Diego County’s backcountry, according to some of the executives who run them, as the American Indian tribes that own them make improvements, add attractions, and ride a slow economic recovery...

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