Casino revenues increase during February

Casino revenues increase during FebruaryNevada casino gaming revenues surged 8.05 percent during February to $989.9 million from  $916.1 million during the same month a year ago.

Factors in the increase include the fact that Las Vegas area residents increased their level of spending in a big way. Also, Leap year provided one extra day.

Revenue on the Las Vegas Strip was up 7.32 percent during February to $ 5 70.3 million, but there were double digit increases in reported casino revenue in all the geographic areas of southern Nevada that include locals, according to figures released Wednesday by the Gaming Control Board.

Revenue at the downtown casinos surged 17 percent to  $50.6 million, it was up 12.9 percent in north Las Vegas to $24.7 million, it was 10.4 percent higher at the Boulder Strip gambling halls to $70 million and it increased 11.9 percent to 92.5 million in the balance of the county, meaning casinos such as the M Resort and Orleans.

Boyd Gaming CEO Keith Smith had previously taken notice of the increased confidence of local consumers, a fact that also seemed to be true at the casinos of Station Casinos.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: .

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