Missouri: Revenues up; people down

February 19, 2002 5:37 AM
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There were fewer gamblers at the Missouri riverboats during the month of January but according to state officials total revenues increased.

The Missouri Gaming Commission said the casinos entertained 622,187 customers during the month and that they lost $97.6 million. This was a decline of six percent in attendance but a 13% increase in revenue. The average gambler lost $50.61, the state said.

Biggest winners during the period were the Ameristar St. Charles and President in St. Louis casinos while the declines were felt by Harrah’s in Kansas City; the Casino Aztar in Caruthersville and the St. Jo Frontier Casino in St. Joseph.

Revenue at Ameristar Kansas City was $15.39 million, a 16% increase over last year’s $14.51 million. At President Casino in St. Louis, the revenue was $6.78%, also a 17% increase over last year’s $5.81 million.

While Harrah’s Kansas City casino was down from last year’s $16.42 million to $15.53 million, a 5% drop, and similar increase was recorded at Harrah’s Maryland Heights facility, moving from $20.32 million to $22.26 million.

Of additional interest was the report from Isle of Capri Boonville that tallied $5.06 million for the brief period of Dec. 6 to Dec. 31. The property opened on Dec. 6.