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Coast casinos' revenues up, but riverboats continue to struggle

Gamblingcards_rgbACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi Gulf Coast casinos won a bit more from gamblers in February but that increase couldn’t overcome bigger revenue declines at casinos along the Mississippi River.

Mississippi Department of Revenue figures show statewide casino revenue to $182 million in February, down fell 3 percent from 2013’s second month.

Revenue has fallen in 18 of the last 20 months.

The 12 coastal casinos won $89.4 million, up less than 1 percent from February 2013. The 18 river casinos won $93 million, down 6 percent from a year earlier.

The numbers exclude Choctaw Indian casinos, which aren’t required to report winnings to the state. A report released today shows that revenue at Mississippi’s three Choctaw Indian casinos declined the second-most among the states in 2012, with only Connecticut posting a larger decline.

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