ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi casinos won more money from gamblers in December, the only month in 2011 that gaming revenues were higher than in 2010.
For the year, gamblers lost $2.24 billion in the state’s casinos, down 6.3 percent from 2010 and the lowest amount since 1998. The take at Gulf Coast casinos dropped only marginally, but winnings at river casinos fell 11 percent for the year, in part because of spring flooding.
The state’s casinos won $186.1 million in December, up 1.2 percent from $183.8 million in 2010’s same month.
The 19 river casinos won $99.2 million, up 2 percent from $97.2 million in December 2010, according to Mississippi Department of Revenue figures. Winnings at the 11 coast casinos totaled $86.9 million, up 0.4 percent from $86.6 million the previous December.