May 9, 2001 8:07 PM

Nevada casinos posted a gaming win of $858 million in March, a 2.59% increase over the $836.4 million reported in March 2000. Las Vegas Strip casinos led the surge with a win of $434.5 million, a 4.93% increase over the $414 reported last year.

The increase in gaming revenue follows a poor February in which statewide win was down 7% and Strip win dropped 12% from February 2000. Casino operators attributed the poor February results to the movement of the Chinese New Year holiday to the month of January.

Other venues that fared well in March were North Las Vegas (7.8% increase in gaming win), downtown (1.4% increase) and Mesquite (1.7% increase).

However, the Boulder Strip casinos reported a decrease of 11.9% and Laughlin slumped 2.79% over gaming revenues of a year ago.