May 9, 2001 7:53 PM

Nevada casino win was up a healthy 2.9 percent in March to $858 million, according to figures released Wednesday by the state Gaming Control Board.

For the fiscal year to date, the state’s casinos are beating the previous year’s pace by 2.05 percent.

The Las Vegas Strip and North Las Vegas were the big contributors to a 3.18 percent increase in Clark County gaming win, compared with March 2000. Win was up 7.81 percent in North Las Vegas to $21.3 million. Strip win was up a solid 4.93 percent to $434.4 million.

The exception was the Boulder Strip casinos, which had a disappointing month. Win fell almost 12 percent, from $56.1 million to $49.8 million.

Washoe County, which includes the Reno, Sparks and North Lake Tahoe markets, stayed well in the black for the month. Reno win was 0.6 percent to $71.2 million. Sparks win was up 2.51 percent to $14.7 million. North Lake Tahoe saw its win increase 3.77 percent to $3.2 million.

South Lake Tahoe experienced a decline of almost 3 percent to approximately $26 million.