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March was strong for Coast casinos

Coast casinos topped $100 million in March, the first time this year.
Coast casinos topped $100 million in March, the first time this year. ttisbell@sunherald.com File

The 12 Coast casinos posted the first $100 million-plus month of the year in March, at $110.1 in gross casino revenue, but the total for the first quarter is running $4 million behind last year.

LuAnn Pappas, president and CEO of Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, said March was the casino’s second-best month since it opened in D’Iberville in December 2015.

Revenue on the Coast increased by $6.9 million, or 6.7 percent, compared with March 2016. Revenue at the river casinos rose 7.6 percent, bumping the total for Mississippi to $202 million from $188 million last year.

For the first quarter, the casino revenue in South Mississippi stands at $304.4 million compared with $308.5 million for the first quarter in 2016, according to numbers from the state Department of Revenue.

Casino revenues

in millions

Gross revenues

March 2017

March 2016

% Change

Coast

$110.1

$103.2

+6.7%

River

$91.5

$85.1

+7.6%

State

$201.7

$188.3

+7.1%

Source: Mississippi Department of Revenue, Gaming Commission

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