Mississippi casinos post highest ever June revenue, continue to break pre-pandemic records


JACKSON, Miss. (Mississippi Today) – Mississippi casinos posted their highest ever combined gross gaming revenue for June, as they continue to consistently beat their pre-pandemic records.

The state’s casinos reported about $2.47 million in gross gaming revenue in June, just ahead of last month’s total, according to the state Gaming Commission. 

The casinos have reported a 23% increase in gross revenue so far this year compared to the same period in 2019. 

Mississippi casinos reported $1.8 billion in gross gaming revenue in 2020, which included the roughly two months they were forced to shut down. In 2019, when the casinos operated as normal, that figure was $2.2 billion.

Mississippi casinos, with the Gulf Coast leading the surge, are on pace to have the highest gross gaming revenue this year since they began operating in the 1990s.

Gross gaming revenue — the amount of money players wager minus what they win — is similar to traditional businesses’ sales figures. The gaming revenue numbers do not account for the cost of doing business, which have also been rising.

Casinos and resorts have been struggling to attract workers, with some raising wages to fill jobs from housekeepers to table game dealers. At the same time, the costs of some food and beverage items have increased due to the pandemic’s supply chain disruptions. 

Local tourism leaders and casino operators have attributed the growth in gross gaming revenue to an increase in visitors to the Gulf Coast. Casino also reopened and advertised their COVID-19 safety measures sooner than movie theaters and other entertainment venues.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Latest News

More News

Watch Latest Videos

BR_LKLV_1st border wall contract canceled Laredo

Cleveland Indians announce new name

Leander mom delivers baby after losing husband to COVID-19 in May

Ronnie Oneal Sentenced by Hillsborough County judge

Ronnie Oneal sentenced to 3 life terms plus 60 years for brutal murders of girlfriend, daughter

Medical experts discuss out-of-season rise in RSV

More News