Mississippi coast casinos break April revenue record; river casinos decline

Published 1:48 pm Monday, May 21, 2018

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Casinos on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast are setting revenue records before tourists arrive for the summer.

The Sun Herald of Biloxi reports that gross casino revenue at the 12 Gulf Coast gambling centers hit an all-time high of $108.6 million in April.

That’s $1.4 million more than the previous high set in April 2007 when volunteers and contractors were flooding the coast following Hurricane Katrina. And it’s 9 percent higher than in April 2017.

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The numbers put coastal casinos up to $407 million for the year compared to $404 million during the same period last year. But the state’s river casinos saw revenue decline in April by nearly 1 percent to about $75 million.

The numbers were released by the Mississippi Department of Revenue.