According to data released by the state’s Gaming Control Board, the figure represents the largest single-month total since September 2008, and the largest percentage increase since December 2006.
Statewide, Clark County, which includes Las Vegas Casinos, saw the most significant growth in May with a 19% increase. Gambling revenue on Las Vegas casinos jumped 29%, the largest increase since February 2010, when revenues grew 33%. In total, Clark county casinos collected $853 million, including $580.4 million in winnings from Las Vegas Strip casinos.
Gaming revenues at all Clark County climbed last month with the exception of Laughlin casinos, which reported a 10.6% decline during May. Gaming tax revenue in Washoe County, which includes South & North Lake Tahoe and Reno casinos, decline 6.6% in May, with Reno gaming seeing a 7.7% decrease.
Last March, Nevada casinos ended a four-month tumble, collecting $958.7 million in gambling winnings during the month, and reporting a 5.1% increase compared to March 2010. However, statewide gaming revenues fell less than 1% ($806 million) in April, 2011.