State’s casinos get off to slow start in 2012

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Revenue figures show the new year got off to a slower-than-average start for Mississippi casinos.

January’s $87.8 million revenue at the 11 coast casinos was down $10 million from a year ago, according to Mississippi Department of Revenue figures.

The decline was about $3 million at the 19 riverside casinos, to $89.2 million.

Revenue for January totaled $176.9 million, down 10.5 percent below January 2011. The casinos took in $186 million in December.

Casino revenues for all of 2011 totaled $2.23 billion.

The figures do not include the state’s Indian tribal casinos, which are not required to report their winnings to the public.

The casino revenue figures do not include hotel, restaurant or bar revenues generated by the resorts.

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