Super Bowl drives up gaming win
Area February Win Percentage Change
Statewide $989.8 million 8.05%
Carson Valley $8.23 million 7.69%
South Shore $16.2 million 3.84%
North Shore $2.07 million 17.68%
Washoe County $65.85 million 8.59%
Reno $48.2 million 6.91%
Clark County $863.3 million 8.34%
The Strip $570.25 million 7.32%
Nevada casinos reported total win of $989.8 million in February, an 8 percent increase over the same month last year.
That is an increase of $73.7 million. Gaming win has now increased in three of the last four months.
The Carson Valley Area, which includes valley portions of Douglas County as well as the capital, did nearly as well, seeing a 7.7 percent increase to $8.2 million in win. The total increase is $588,000 and Carson has now seen only one decrease in the last six months.
But Gaming Control board Analyst Mike Lawton said a large part of the increase can be attributed to the calendar.
First, February had an extra day this year because of leap year. Second, all of the run-up to the Super Bowl that occurred in January last year happened in February this year because the game was on Feb. 7 instead of Feb. 1.
Game and Table win totaled $380.4 million for the month. While that’s up 8.3 percent, it’s comparing to a weak game and table win a year ago when the total was down 9 percent.
Unlike many months, game and table win this year had little to do with Baccarat which was up less than a percent. In fact, Baccarat has seen only four increases in the last 12 months.
Slot win was up 7.8 percent to a bit more than $609 million. That’s the fourth consecutive increase in slot win for the state’s non-restricted gaming licensees.
Sports betting saw a 99 percent increase this February, up $13.9 million to about $28 million.
Because of the calendar, Lawton said every market in the state was up in February.
North Shore casinos at Tahoe reported an increase of 17.7 percent to just more than $2 million. The increase was evenly split between table games — 25.3 percent — and slots — up 14 percent. The total increase was about $311,000.
South Shore casinos at Lake Tahoe were up 3.8 percent in February, a total of $598,000 to $16.2 million. That’s South Shore’s fourth consecutive monthly increase.
Washoe County was up 8.6 percent to $65.8 million. One driver was a 7.8 percent increase in visitation. Washoe has now had just one decrease in the last six months.
Churchill County casinos had a 6 percent increase to $1.78 million total win. Just $77,000 of that total came from table games although that category was up 43 percent compared to the same month of 2015. All together, $1.2 million of that total comes from multi-denomination machines and most of the rest, $501,000, from penny slots.