Maine board says $1.1B spent on slots last year

Mar 3, 2014 10:30 AM

The Maine Gambling Control Board says customers wagered more than $1.1 billion on slot machines last year at the state’s two casinos.

In its first full year, customers at the Oxford Casino gambled $677 million on slot machines, talking away $619 million in wins and leaving close to $30 million behind for the house, after taxes.

Meanwhile, Bangor’s Hollywood Casino, saw customers gamble $469 million at its slot machines, $100 million less than the year before. The Bangor Casino paid out $422 million.

Board Executive Director Patrick Fleming tells the Sun Journal the newer Oxford Casino had a “honeymoon period” last year. He says they were expecting revenue to plateau in Bangor.

The Legislature is considering whether to approve up to three more casinos and one slot facility.

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