FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 4th, 2011

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
P.O. Box 69060
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9060

CONTACT

Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

Pennsylvania Slot Machine Revenue Up 7.4% In September

HARRISBURG, PA: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported today on its web site that total revenue generated through the play of slot machines at Pennsylvania casinos during September rose 7.4% over the amount generated a year ago.

According to the report, September gross revenue at the 10 operating casinos was $200,148,304 from slot machine play, generating tax revenue to the Commonwealth of $108,732,491.  Gross revenue in September 2010 was $186,365,015.

In a comparison of just the nine casinos operating in September 2011 that were also open for the full month of September 2010, revenue was 1.9% higher this year. 

Gross revenue for each of the casinos operating in September 2011 is as follows, with the percentage change reflected for those casinos that were operating in September of both years.  Note that the SugarHouse Casino did produce revenue in September of last year, but that figure encompasses only the first 8 days of its operation after opening.  Therefore, a percentage comparison would not be justified.  That comparison will begin next month when the October figures are released:

Casino September 2011 September 2010 % change
Parx Casino $31,093,946.44 $31,314,285.78 -0.70%
Rivers Casino $23,354,280.67 $20,526,563.29 13.78%
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem $22,702,187.29 $20,785,734.64 9.22%
Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack $21,067,828.56 $23,198,229.11 -9.18%
The Meadows Racetrack and Casino $20,813,281.06 $20,804,041.55 0.04%
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Racecourse $19,833,041.22 $19,830,178.60 0.01%
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs $18,907,112.63 $18,018,681.46 4.93%
SugarHouse Casino $14,974,573.68 $4,705,780.29 ---
Presque Isle Downs and Casino $14,428,968.74 $15,047,386.25 -4.11%
Mount Airy Casino Resort $12,973,083.87 $12,134,133.99 6.91%
Statewide Total $200,148,304.16 $186,365,014.96 7.40%

The average number of operating slot machines throughout Pennsylvania at the 10 casinos was 26,441 in September 2011 compared to 25,833 at the casinos in September 2010.  

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board was established in 2004 with the passage of Act 71, also known as the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act. Pennsylvania’s first new state agency in nearly 40 years, the Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry. Currently, the ten casinos in operation in the Commonwealth employ over 15,000 people and legalized gaming has generated $5.5 billion in tax and license fee revenue since the first casino opened in November 2006. A portion of that money is enabling property tax reduction for all Pennsylvania homeowners, providing needed funding to the Commonwealth’s horse racing industry, funding grants for fire companies and water/sewer projects, and establishing a new stream of tax revenue to local governments for community projects. A wealth of information about the Gaming Control Board and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. At this website, visitors can view videos of Board meetings and on the operation of the PGCB, obtain information on identifying a gambling problem and gaining assistance, look up future meeting schedules and past meeting transcripts, access an interactive map of casino locations, request a speaker for their group, along with much more information.

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