Mississippi casinos continue to win more from gamblers

Published 1:04 pm Tuesday, June 25, 2019

(AP) — Casino revenues rose in Mississippi in May, as gambling halls continued their streak of winning more since sports betting was legalized.

Figures show gamblers lost $184 million in May, almost 2% more than in the same month in 2018.

That includes $1.2 million in sports betting revenue at casinos.

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The 15 river casinos saw revenue rise 2% from May 2018 to $74 million. It’s the ninth increase in 10 months for the region. The increase comes despite a Tunica County casino closing in January and another set to close Sunday.

The 12 coastal casinos saw May revenue rise 2.2% to $109 million, a sixth year of revenue growth there.

Statewide revenue is up 4% over the last 12 months.

Numbers exclude Choctaw Indian casinos, which don’t report to the state.