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Gulf Coast leads June revenue gains at Mississippi casinos

JACKSON — Casino revenues sprinted ahead in Mississippi in June, powered by a strong performance at Gulf Coast gambling halls.

Figures show gamblers lost $182 million in June, 7 percent more than in the same month in 2018.

That includes $1.6 million in sports betting revenue at casinos.

The 12 coastal casinos saw June revenue rise 12 percent to $109 million, continuing a strong run that began in spring 2018.

The 14 river casinos saw revenue rise less than 1 percent from June 2018 to $72 million. It’s the 10th increase in 11 months for a region hard-hit by competition. The increase comes despite Tunica County casinos that closed in January and May.

Statewide revenue is up 4 percent over the last 12 months.

The numbers exclude Choctaw Indian casinos, which don’t report to the state.