The 12 Coast casinos had another positive month in August — the seventh this year — but revenues at the river casinos weren’t as lucky.
Gross casino revenue in South Mississippi was up nearly $1 million, or 1 percent, compared with August 2015. The river casinos were down nearly $3 million, or 4 percent. That put the state’s revenue for August 1 percent below a year ago.
Every month this year, except March, Coast casinos have had higher revenue than in 2015. Five times revenue was above $100 million, compared with two times last year, once a year in 2012-14 and not at all in 2010 and 2011.
The river casinos have posted two positive months this year.
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The best August casino revenue for Coast casinos was $111.5 million in 2008. For the river casinos, the record August was $137 million in 2004.
Mississippi casinos paid $11.3 million in taxes to the state general fund in August and $7.2 million to local governments.
Source: Mississippi Department of Revenue, Gaming Commission