Table game revenue down for Pa.'s gambling halls

Parx Casino in Bensalem.
Parx Casino in Bensalem. (LAURENCE KESTERSON / Staff Photographer)
Posted: March 19, 2013

Table games revenue at Pennsylvania's 11 gambling halls last month totaled $55.3 million, a 2.1 decrease from a year ago, when the same revenue from blackjack, poker and other games was $56.6 million.

February's tables revenue translated to nearly $8 million in state tax revenue, according to figures posted Monday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

The state's top four table game revenue generators last month were Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem at $12.1 million from 183 tables; Parx in Bensalem at $8.2 million from 163 tables; SugarHouse at $7.3 million from 58 tables; and Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack at $6.9 million with 121 tables.

With the exception of the Sands, the tables revenue for the other three were down from February 2012.

The gaming board attributed overall monthly decline partly to February 2012 being a leap year with an extra day, as compared to last month's normal 28 days.

It also noted that the 11 casinos had 1,049 tables on their gaming floors last month compared to 977 tables last February when 10 casinos were in operation. Valley Forge Casino Resort, the state's 11th and smallest venue, located in King of Prussia, debuted March 31, 2012.

Coupled with figures on slot machine revenues released earlier this month, overall gross revenue from both slots and table games in Pennsylvania was $251.3 million last month, compared to $272.2 million in February 2012, a decrease of 7.7 percent.

About 60 miles away, the dozen casinos in Atlantic City also reported a rough February. Total casino revenue last month was $212.3 million, down from $242.7 million in February 2012, a 12.5 percent decrease.

More competition is on the way. A casino at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Western Pennsylvania - the state's second casino resort - is set to open in June. There are currently six applicant groups vying for the right to build a second casino in the city of Philadelphia. The gaming board is holding public hearings next month on the projects and is vetting all six. A decision is expected by late fall or winter.


Contact Suzette Parmley at 215-854-2855 or sparmley@phillynews.com.

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