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Report: Bad Month Ends Bad Year For Nevada Casino Winnings

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada casino regulators say December was a historically bad month at the end of a historically bad year in a key measure of gambling activity.

The coronavirus pandemic was blamed for Thursday's state Gaming Control Board report showing that casino house winnings totaled $7.8 billion in 2020.

That was down 34.6% from the previous year, and the lowest for a calendar year since 1997. December's monthly total was down 35.4% from the same month in 2019.

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Board analyst Michael Lawton noted the absence of events in December, including National Finals Rodeo and New Year's Eve fireworks, plus casino capacity limits due to COVID-19.