Numbers may have been affected by the fact that, while it was in January in 2012, the Chinese New Year will fall in February this year. Because of this, gaming analysts generally look at two-month figures for January and February when making year-to-year comparisons.
On the Strip, a decline in baccarat play accounted for 85 percent of the total decline, with casinos collecting 50.8 percent less than in January 2012. Baccarat is one of the most popular games played during the Chinese new year.
Elsewhere in the state, revenue was down 5 percent at Downtown Las Vegas casinos, North Las Vegas casino revenues dropped 12 percent, and casinos in Washoe County saw a 1.9 percent drop in revenue.