Rivers Casino helps boost Pennsylvanias February slots revenue - Monday 21st of January 2013

Boosted by two casinos that were not open this time last year, including Pittsburghs Rivers Casino, Pennsylvania saw slot machine revenue increase last month.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Tuesday that seven of the states nine casinos saw an overall total revenue decline of 9.74 percent in February, which it blamed in large part to a stretch of bad weather. But the nine slot machine facilities generated a total of $168.3 million in gross revenue, compared to $145.6 million in February 2009, when seven casinos were open. Thats an increase of 15.59 percent.

"The significant amount of snow certainly affected the ability of casinos to attract its normal flow of patrons and lowered expected revenue," Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Executive Director Kevin OToole said in a prepared statement. "But, with two additional casinos open during February of this year, overall revenue from slot machine gaming did increase."

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