Nevada gaming revenues declined nearly 6 percent in April, even though revenues for the year-to-date remain slightly ahead of last year.


The state’s casinos raked in $810.4 million in April, 5.7 percent less than in April 2009. Casinos on the Las Vegas Strip fared better as they posted revenues of $437.4 million, just 0.9 percent less than a year ago, according to figures released Wednesday by the state’s Gaming Control Board.


For the first four months of 2010, Nevada casinos have won $3.552 billion, about 1 percent more than the $3.517 billion they won in the first four months of 2009.


On the Las Vegas Strip, casinos have won $1.967 billion year-to-date, about 7.2 percent more than during the same period last year.


While revenues for 2010 are slightly ahead of last year’s pace, it’s noteworthy that a year ago Nevada revenues were down about 15 percent compared to 2008.


In other areas of southern Nevada, revenues were down 11.9 percent to $20.3 million in North Las Vegas; they were down 25.5 percent to $56.8 million on the Boulder Strip; they gained 1.6 percent to $10.9 million in Mesquite; and they were down 9.12 percent to $41.2 million in downtown Las Vegas.


Northern Nevada casinos had the second straight month of increases as gaming revenues increased 4.6 percent to $48.3 million in Reno, while casinos in Washoe County posted a 1.6 percent increase to $65.8 million.


Slot machine revenue statewide was $545.6 million in April, about 8.5 percent less than a year ago.


Slot machine action on the Vegas Strip wasn’t much better in April as casinos won $232.1 million, about 5 percent less than a year ago.


Nevada table games led by blackjack, 3-Card Poker and Baccarat did fairly well in April as casinos won $254.2 million, about 1 percent more than in April 2009. Table games on the Strip generated $199 million, an increase of 4.6 percent over last year.


Nevada’s Togel sports books took a beating as they actually lost money in the NBA. The state’s 179 sports books lost over $3 million in basketball action, a 1223 percent drop-off from a year ago, which resulted in an overall win of $335,000, thanks to $4.4 million in baseball winning bets.


Following their increase last month, race books raked in $5.1 million, about the same as a year ago.


Finally, Nevada’s 104 poker rooms reported a drop-off in their rake (the amount charged per seat); revenues of $10.5 million were down 9.4 percent from a year ago.




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