Northwest Indiana casino revenue down for July year-over-year – Chicago Tribune

A less-than-favorable calendar worked against Northwest Indiana’s casinos in July, resulting in a roughly 2.5 percent drop in revenues compared to the same month last year.

The five casinos brought in a total of $79.25 million in revenues, compared to $81.86 million in July 2016, according to the monthly revenues report issued Aug. 9 by the Indiana Gaming Commission.

Horseshoe Hammond and Majestic Star I in Gary were the only two casinos to show improvements over last year’s numbers. Horseshoe took in $34.12 million, up almost 2 percent over the $33.83 million it raked in a year ago. Majestic Star I had $8.05 million in revenues, up from $7.87 million.

“I’m excited Horseshoe specifically was able to grow overall. We bucked the trend,” Horseshoe senior vice president and general manager Dan Nita said.

There was a bit of a lift in the casino’s slot business and he said he was pleased overall with table games results.

As for the overall drop in the Indiana market, Nita said it comes down to the calendar. Last year, July had the best calendar for a casino, with five Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There was one less Friday this July.

He said Illinois’ casinos saw a .5 percent dip in year-over-year monthly revenues in July.

Ameristar Casino in East Chicago had revenues of $18.22 million last month, down from $19.75 million the previous July; Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City brought in $13.89 million compared to $14.75 million, and Majestic Star II took in $4.97 million compared to $5.62 million.

Matthew Schuffert, vice president and general manager of Ameristar, said the casino fared well in July, despite the slight dip in revenues.

“Our slot business was strong, up about 3 1/2 percent year over year,” he said. “I’m feeling good. Our slot business

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