Casino Revenues Up
March winnings at Mississippi's casinos rose 3.9 percent for a year ago, the third time in the last four months that revenues have improved at the state's twenty-nine gambling halls.
An improving economy appears to be bringing gamblers back, while coast casinos may have been boosted by the Final Four being held in New Orleans.
Overall, Mississippi casinos won $220.4 million, compared with $212.1 million in March 2011.
The eleven casinos in the Gulf Coast market saw revenue rise 4.8 percent, to $101.6 million from $96.9 million. It was the largest take by Gulf casinos since July 2009.
The eighteen casinos along the Mississippi River saw revenues rise 3.1 percent, to $118.8 million from $115.2 million, even though Vicksburg's Grand Station casino closed on March 28.