In its latest release of figures for table games revenue, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) says that the state’s gaming tables produced US$43,626,564 in February, up from January by just over US$315,800 but down slightly from December figures. There are now ten casinos in Pennsylvania with table games and the number of tables hasrisen from 624 in July 2010, when only some of the casinos had added table games, to 842 last month.
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem has dropped a place on the revenue table, having been overtaken by Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack, which now occupies second place. Continuing as revenue leader is Parx Casino, with the most table games (150) and gross gaming revenue of US$8.2 million in February. Rivers Casino added ten more gaming tables (96) and saw revenue rise by nearly US$900,000 but remains fourth, just ahead of Sugar House Casino. The Meadows Racetrack and Casino, Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and Presque Isles Downs and Casino, like Sands Bethlehem, saw their table revenue decline in February. Table revenue at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racecourse was up slightly.
To date, with ten casinos in operation, legalised gaming in the Pennsylvania has created, or helped race track facilities retain, over 14,000 living wage jobs, provided property tax reduction in each of the past three years for all homeowners, produced revenue that has reinvigorated Pennsylvania’s horse racing industry, and provided a new stream of tax revenue to local governments that has funded scores of community projects. The addition of table games at the slots operations last July so far has contributed an extra US$41.9 million in state tax (14% of gross revenue) and just under US$6 million in local tax (2% of gross revenue). (E-03.17.11)
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