Taking even larger hits were the states of Illinois and Colorado, with the former being down 20.9% and the latter by 12.28%. And, as the wire story indicated, both states imposed regulations that banned smoking in the casinos.
Also showing declines were New Jersey, 7.64% and Mississippi, 5.82%.
Leading the states that reported increases in casino revenues was Pennsylvania, up 58.98%, primarily because of the many racinos that began operations during the year, including The Meadows, owned by Las Vegans Bill Paulos and Bill Wortman.
Others included: Missouri, 5.66%, Iowa, 4.14%, South Dakota, 4.11%, Indiana, 1.65%, and Louisiana, 0.46%.
The American Gaming Association was cited as the source of the revenue statistics.