The 19 Mississippi riverside casinos located from Tunica to Greenville, won $91.6 million last month, doubling the $41 million figure reported last May. The 11 Gulf Coast casinos, which remained open during the flooding, won $93.9 million last month, down from $96.2 million recorded in May. The Coastal region includes Gulfport, Bay Saint Louis and Biloxi casinos.
But despise the recent increase in gaming revenue, June’s overall represented 2.1% decrease compared to the $189.4 million generated in June 2010, when river casinos won $102.4 million, while the coast casinos won $87 million. For the first half of 2011, Mississippi casinos won $1.12 billion, down from $1.22 billion reported in the first six months of 2010. The Mississippi figures do not include The Pearl River Resort and Casino, Mississippi’s only Indian casino, which is not required to report their winnings to the state authorities.