ATLANTIC CITY - In December Pennsylvania's slot revenue surpassed Atlantic
City's for the first time. A casino newsletter, the Gaming Industry Observer,
reports the Pennsylvania revenues were $189 million compared to $179 million.
Pennsylvania is now number one in slots among East Coast states from Maine to
"From Pennsylvania's standpoint, it is a milestone, though it is not
unexpected," wrote Joseph Weinert, the newsletter editor.
Weinert estimates that half of the slot revenue generated by casinos in eastern
Pennsylvania would have previously gone to Atlantic City.
"Pennsylvania's going to take a chunk out of Atlantic City's table games. We
expect the brunt of that in 2011, when table games are going full bore," Weinert
Pennsylvania's total slot revenue jumped 21 percent in 2009 to $1.96 billion as
reported by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. It is forecasted to jump 24
percent this year.
Shawn McCloud, director of financial analysis for Spectrum Gaming Group, said
"The ongoing expansion of Pennsylvania gaming, including the opening of the Parx
Casino last month and the introduction of live table games in the second half of
this year, continues to shape the regional competitive landscape."
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