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Pa. Casinos Report Strong Start to 2019

Rivers Casino sees increase in table, slot games.


It has been a busy start to the year for casinos across Pennsylvania and in Pittsburgh.

According to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board , total gaming revenues were up 2 percent in last month, compared to January 2018. That includes a 4.5 percent increase in revenue for table games.

In January, Rivers Casino ranked second in the state in slot machine revenue, with $23.4 million, and fourth in table games revenue with $4.9 million. In total, Rivers' gaming revenue from last month represents a 12.75% increase from January 2018.

Rivers Casino opened its sports book in December 2018 after the Supreme Court struck down restrictions on sports gambling last year. The casino reports nearly $10 million in total handle, and $853,316 in gross revenue from sports betting in January 2019. The casino paid $307,194 in taxes on that revenue. Rivers was the second most popular sports book in the state, after SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia.

The early 2019 numbers follow a year of record revenues for Pennsylvania casinos . In 2018, the casinos saw nearly $3.25 billion in total revenue.

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