June gambling revenue almost flat in Mississippi

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s casino revenues were basically flat in June, as a recovery at gambling halls along the Mississippi River barely made up for losses on the Gulf Coast.

Overall revenue rose less than 1 percent from June 2011, to $186.9 million, according to Mississippi Department of Revenue figures released Tuesday.

In June, the 12 coastal casinos won a total of $89.9 million from gamblers, down 4.3 percent from the $94 million that they won in June 2011.

The 17 river casinos from Tunica to Natchez won $97 million, up 5 percent from the flood-depressed $92 million of last year.

The coast’s lower total comes despite June being the first full month at the Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant in Biloxi

The numbers exclude Choctaw Indian casinos, which aren’t required to report winnings.