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Gambling revenue is up in the United States. The nation’s commercial casino industry saw an increase of nearly seven percent in year-over-year gaming win in March. The increase boosted U.S. gaming revenue to reach $3.7 billion in March.
The most recent data on national gaming revenue was published by the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ Center for Gaming Research. The increase in gambling revenue was lead by Nevada, the nation’s largest gaming market, which saw a year-over-year increase slightly higher of the national average of 7.4 percent.
Other major gaming markets in the U.S. including Atlantic City and Maryland had good months in March as well. Atlantic City saw a 9.3 percent year-over-year increase in March, bringing in $221.8 million. Maryland had the most dramatic year-over-year increase report with $141.1 million, beating March 2016 by 44.2 percent.
Smaller gambling markets saw a surprising increase. Illinois was up by roughly 10 percent in March. Louisiana casinos actually brought in more than Pennsylvania, the nation’s second largest commercial casino market, bringing in $291.3 million compared to Pennsylvania’s $289.5 million.
A few states were down including West Virginia, which has lost a percentage of players to the new MGM casino in Maryland. West Virginia was down 7.2 percent year-over-year in March. The state brought in $49.4 million.
These numbers only represent the nation’s commercial casinos and do not include revenue from tribal casino operators. For comparison, tribal casinos in the United States win an estimated $30 billion annually, about $10 billion less than annual commercial casino win.