Mississippi casino revenues fall in August

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Hurricane Isaac’s drenching rains dampened August casino revenues in Mississippi, with closings and bad weather keeping gamblers from losing as much as in August 2011.

Statewide casino revenue fell 3.4 percent from last year, to $178.4 million, according to Mississippi Department of Revenue figures.

In August, the 12 coastal casinos won a total of $86.3 million from gamblers, down 5.1 percent from the $90.9 million they won in August 2011. Most coast casinos were closed from Tuesday, Aug. 28, until Thursday evening or Friday morning after Isaac’s landfall.

The 17 river casinos from Tunica to Natchez won $92.1 million, down 2 percent from the $93.8 million they won in August of last year.

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