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Coast casinos have fifth $100 million month

Slot machines stand ready at the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D’Iberville before the casino opened in December. Coast casino revenue was up just under 1 percent in July compared with a year ago, but year to date is $28 million ahead of last year’s pace.
Slot machines stand ready at the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D’Iberville before the casino opened in December. Coast casino revenue was up just under 1 percent in July compared with a year ago, but year to date is $28 million ahead of last year’s pace. amccoy@sunherald.com File

July was the fifth out of seven months this year that gross casino revenue in South Mississippi topped $100 million.

The $105 million in revenue at the 12 casinos is $942,000 more than in July 2015, when there were 11 casinos on the Coast. Scarlet Pearl Casino opened in December.

Mississippi Department of Revenue reports the river casinos were down $1.2 million in July, putting total gross casino revenue in the state down by two-tenths of a percent.

Year to date, the Coast casinos have reported $712 million in gross casino revenue and now are $28 million ahead of the same period last year.

Mary Perez

Casino revenues

in millions

Gross revenues

July 2016

July 2015

Percent change

Coast

$105.1

$104.2

+ 0.9%

River

$84.2

$85.4

- 1.4%

State

$189.3

$189.6

- 0.2%

Source: Mississippi Department of Revenue

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