MISSISSIPPI CASINO REVENUE TAKES A HIT

December 01, 2001 11:29 PM
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Casinos in Mississippi took a hit in October largely due to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

The 30 state-regulated casinos took in $212.9 million in October compared with $218.4 million a year ago, according to figures from the Mississippi Tax Commission.

The dozen casinos on the Coast reported $90.6 million in gross revenue for the month, down three percent from the same time last year.

"I think a combination of the general economy and people afraid to travel have affected us some, but we haven't been hurt nearly as badly as Las Vegas," said Brian Richard, senior research analyst with the Mississippi Gaming Association.