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Gaming numbers down in January

The Gaming Control Board reported Thursday, Stateline casino wins were down 4.2 percent or $24.8 million in January compared to last year’s figures.

“The market was softer this season,” said Skip Sayre, director of marketing at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. “Getting off to a slow start contributed to the lower numbers and was reflected in the gaming revenues.”

Sayre speculated a lot of would-be visitors chose to stay home during the millennium celebration. Coupled with a lack of snow, the year didn’t start out with a bang.

“I was a little bit surprised but they had a strong month to compare to,” said Frank Streshley of the state Gaming Control Board.

Compared to last January, Stateline casino wins were down $1.1 million.

Slot wins were also down 4.7 percent, unlike in 1999 when they were up 14.3 percent. Dollar slots lost $1.2 million and quarters lost $1.6 million.

Streshley said the biggest loss casinos had was in baccarat, being down $155,000 compared to last year’s win of $1.1 million.

Casinos did win in 21 with a $1.6 million return. Craps were also up 33 percent or $66,000.

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