Nevada Casino Win Drops In August

A slowdown in gambling by locals and a lack of big special events in southern Nevada contributed to a 4.4 percent statewide decline in casino winnings in August.

The state Gaming Control Board says the statewide win of just over $1 billion resulted in the first decline in five months as all but a few of the major markets showed lower August winnings compared with the same month a year earlier.

Control Board analyst Frank Streshley (STRESS'-lee) says resorts on the Las Vegas Strip were down 4.5 percent, due in part to a lack of special events, boxing matches or high-end concerts during August.

He adds that gambling by locals was off in locals-dependent markets such as North Las Vegas and the Boulder Strip, due to apparent concern over the economy.

In northern Nevada, the annual Hot August Nights event may have helped Sparks, but Reno casinos were down.

That was due largely to gamblers who had good luck at table games, especially craps.

Highlights:

-STATEWIDE: Record $1.02 billion, down 4.4 percent.
-LAS VEGAS STRIP: $531.6 million, down 5.4 percent.
-DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS: $48.2 million, up 5.1 percent.
-NORTH LAS VEGAS: $22.1 million, down 24.1 percent.
-LAUGHLIN: $49.2 million, up 3.4 percent.
-BOULDER STRIP: $66.8 million, down 15.1 percent.
-RENO: $67.4 million, down 1.6 percent.
-SPARKS: $16.2 million, up 6.1 percent.
-STATELINE: $30.5 million, down 6.3 percent.
-ELKO COUNTY: $25.4 million, up 13.7 percent.


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