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Coast casinos' February numbers show 2nd strong month

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 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is the second best hotel in Mississippi in the 2016 Best Hotel rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Three other Biloxi casinos also were named among the top five hotels in the state.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is the second best hotel in Mississippi in the 2016 Best Hotel rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Three other Biloxi casinos also were named among the top five hotels in the state. SUN HERALD

Coast casinos are on a roll this year, posting a 10 percent increase in gross casino revenue in February following a 15 percent jump in January.

The early Mardi Gras this year may have boosted the numbers reported Friday by the state Department of Revenue. Coast casino revenue for the second straight month topped $100 million at $104.8 million. That is $9.5 million more than in February 2015, when there were 11 casinos open on the Coast. Scarlet Pearl, South Mississippi's 12th casino, opened in December and a new casino traditionally brings more people to South Mississippi's resorts.

For the first two months of this year, revenue at the Coast casinos is $22 million ahead of the same time last year.

The river counties remained flat in February with winnings of $85.6 million, a 0.2 percent decrease from last year. The state total was $190.3 million in February, up 5 percent year-over-year after a 7.5 percent rise in January.

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