Miss. coast casinos post strong July as others lag

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s Gulf Coast casinos won more money from gamblers in July than in any month since August 2008. But the state’s river region casinos continued to lag their historical performance, meaning casinos statewide won less money than in July 2011.

Overall revenue fell 3.3 percent from July 2011, to $203.6 million, according to Mississippi Department of Revenue figures.

In July, the 12 coastal casinos won a total of $104.5 million from gamblers, up 5.1 percent from the $99.5 million that they won in June 2011.

The 17 river casinos from Tunica to Natchez won $99 million, down 11 percent from the $111.1 million they won in July of last year.

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