Sands bucks trend with $1.4M increase in table games

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Sands Casino Resort-Bethlehem reported a nearly $1.4 million rise in gross revenue from the play of table games last month over February 2012, according to the Gaming Control Board.

The Sands' revenue increase is reported in contrast with a statewide dip in table games play revenue, which was down 2.1 percent and $1.2 million less than in February 2012, when revenue totaled $57 million.

In February 2013, there was an average of 1,049 tables in operation on a daily basis and gross revenue from the play of all table games was $55 million, producing $8 million in tax revenue.

Coupled with figures on slot machine revenue released earlier this month, overall gross revenue from both slots and tables was $251 million this February compared to $272 million in February of last year, a decrease of 7.7 percent.

Overall, 11 casinos operated with an average of 1,049 tables on the gaming floor in February 2013 compared to 977 tables last February when 10 casinos were in operation. New numbers incorporate revenues from Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia, Pa. which was not in operation the prior year.

Around the state, the Parx Casino in Bensalem saw a $1.7 million drop in revenue, despite the addition of 20 tables over last year. Revenue for this casino was roughly $8.2 million in February, less than 2012's $9.9 million revenue.

Similarly, Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono saw a more than $400,000 drop in table revenue over last year and at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, gross revenue was up slightly from $3.24 million in 2012 to $3.29 million last month.

The Gaming Control Board noted February 2012 was a leap year month which resulted in an extra day of casino play.

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