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Table games up again, but bigger revenue source stays a drag

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Revenue generated from people playing table games at Pennsylvania casinos went up again in August, to about $63.5 million, which is a 6.1 percent increase from the same month last year.

Results also increased compared with last year even without the figures contributed from a facility that wasn't open yet in August 2012, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

The Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin in Fayette County opened this summer and is the 12th casino in the state to come online since the enabling Act 71 of 2004, also known as the Pennsylvania Race Horse Development and Gaming Act.

But combined revenue generated by table games and slot machines at facilities in the commonwealth in August still decreased by about $1.5 million, to about $268.9 million, the board said.

Slot machine revenue, which is significantly larger by volume and is taxed more heavily by the state, has decreased compared with prior-year periods in Pennsylvania for nine consecutive months.

Table games revenue has gone up for six months when compared with the same months in 2012.

The overall tax money pot has come to support a host of benefactors in the commonwealth such as the state's horse racing industry, property tax reduction, the commonwealth's General Fund and projects in local communities that host gaming facilities.

Slots and table games levies combined generate an average of about $4 million in tax revenue per day, according to the board.

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey covers York County, agribusiness, energy and environment, and workforce issues. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at brentb@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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