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Nevada Casinos Report Strong Month Of Winnings In August

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada casinos reported a strong month of house winnings in August, up 4.3% compared with the same month a year ago, state regulators said Friday.


It was the third straight monthly increase statewide in the year-to-year comparison, after five months of decreases, Nevada Gaming Control Board analyst Michael Lawton said.

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However, the $952 million in casino "gaming win" was down from $1.02 billion in July.


The state took in $50 million in taxes, called percentage fees, on the August 2019 figures. That was up 6.9% from a year ago.


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Key drivers in August were sports pools and table games other than baccarat, including blackjack, craps and roulette, Lawton said.


He said the $36.3 million win figure for those games was up 17.9% from a year ago, mainly due to increased volume and household percentages.

Slot win figures were down slightly, while baccarat win came in at $98.6 million, up 6.4% from the same month a year ago.


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Las Vegas Strip properties reported an 8.9% increase in overall winnings in August. Reno casinos reported a nearly 4.7% increase. Properties in West Wendover reported a 16% jump.


The Las Vegas Strip has now also recorded three consecutive monthly increases in the year-over-year comparison, Lawton said.


The monthly report is a key index of state fiscal health. Gambling taxes in Nevada are second to sales taxes as a percentage of the state's $14 billion annual budget.