Casino Revenue Falls Sharply in June

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Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi casino revenue resumed its year-over-year slide in June after showing positive results in May.

Mississippi Department of Revenue figures show statewide casino revenue fell nearly 7 percent from June 2012 to $174.5 million.

The state's gambling halls eked out a 1 percent gain in 2012, because revenue rebounded after most Mississippi River casinos were affected by 2011's floods. But year-over-year casino revenue has fallen in 11 of the last 12 months, with May being the exception.

The 18 river casinos from Tunica to Natchez won $89.3 million, down 8 percent from June 2012. The 12 coastal casinos won $85.2 million from gamblers, down 5.2 percent from January 2012.

The numbers exclude Choctaw Indian casinos, which aren't required to report winnings to the state.