Nevada's gaming win down in July; North Shore up – Sierra Sun

Facing a difficult comparison from the same month a year ago, Nevada’s gaming win decreased 1.7 percent in July to $997.9 million.

But the Carson Valley Area, which includes valley portions of Douglas County as well as the capital, reported an 8 percent increase to $9.53 million. That’s the largest percentage increase in the Carson reporting area since October 2015 when overall win was up 8.6 percent.

The problem statewide was simply Baccarat play on the Las Vegas Strip which was down nearly 20 percent compared to July 2016.

“Except for the Strip, it was a good month,” said Gaming Control Board Analyst Mike Lawton noting Strip win fell 7.7 percent.

He said Baccarat was up more than 44 percent a year ago, leaving this July’s win facing a difficult comparison.

In Carson City, the story was table games — normally just a small percentage of total win in the Carson Valley. This July, that category increased 44.6 percent or $210,000 driven by a major increase in total blackjack play.

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Other than the Las Vegas Strip, the only reporting area down in July was South Shore at Lake Tahoe. Total win of $23.9 million by Stateline casinos was down 14.8 percent or $4.1 million for the month. Again, those casinos were facing a difficult comparison since total win was up 20 percent in July 2016. The culprit was table games where total win fell 22.2 percent.

This ends a streak of three consecutive increases for South Shore, according to Lawton. But he pointed out that win is still up 2 percent over the seven months of this calendar year.

North Shore casinos at Lake Tahoe won $3.4 million in July, a 3.6 percent increase or $121,000. The area is still down 6.2 percent for

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