Mis­sis­sippi casi­nos take less from gam­blers in Jan­uary

Starkville Daily News - - AROUND TOWN -

JACK­SON — Casino rev­enue took a nose­dive across Mis­sis­sippi in 2018’s first month, fall­ing sharply along the Gulf Coast and Mis­sis­sippi River.

State Rev­enue Depart­ment fig­ures re­leased last week show gam­blers lost $151 mil­lion statewide in Jan­uary, down al­most 9 per­cent from Jan­uary 2017’s $166 mil­lion.

Re­ceipts fell 7 per­cent to $92 mil­lion at the 12 coastal casi­nos. The 16 river casi­nos posted win­nings of $59 mil­lion, down al­most 12 per­cent from $67 mil­lion in Jan­uary 2017. That was the worst monthly to­tal since May 2011, when floods forced some river casi­nos to close. Rev­enue has fallen at river casi­nos ev­ery year but one since peak­ing in 2006.

Statewide rev­enue is down 2 per­cent over the last 12 months. Num­bers ex­clude Choctaw In­dian casi­nos, which don’t re­port win­nings to the state.

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