2015 was the best year for South Mississippi casinos since 2008.
The Dec. 9 opening of Scarlet Pearl Casino in D'Iberville helped push Coast casinos to $1.14 billion in gross casino revenue for the year, squeaking revenue past the 2009 total of $1.11 billion.
It was a 6 percent annual improvement over the $1.08 billion won in 2014.
The river casinos had their worst year since 1994, when the first casinos opened in that area. For the second year, revenues slipped below $1 billion to $954.0 million. That is 3.5 percent below 2014.
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The Coast's strong performance helped raise Mississippi's total casino revenue to $2.07 billion, or 1.4 percent above 2014 levels.
Twice in 2015, the Coast casino revenue topped $100 million, the first time that had happened since 2009.
December is typically a strong month for the Coast casinos. Scarlet Pearl's opening raised the money won to $90.5 million from $84.6 million a year ago, according to Wednesday's report from the state Department of Revenue.
The Mississippi Gaming Commission will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at Scarlet Pearl.