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Lake Tahoe North Shore casinos up in June, South Shore down; both up for fiscal year

Geoff Dornan
gdornan@nevadaappeal.com

For both June and fiscal year 2018, western Nevada gaming markets did significantly better than the state as a whole.

Statewide, June win was up 4.2 percent to $895.7 million and, for the fiscal year, increased 3.2 percent to $11.8 billion in total win. That's the largest win since fiscal year 2008.

Gaming Control Board Analyst Mike Lawton said total statewide win has now increased in three consecutive fiscal years and seven of the last eight.

An important statistic, he said, is for the fiscal year all 16 of the major markets gaming control reports individually were up in fiscal year 2018.

"We haven't produced a report like that since FY2000," he said.

Washoe County had a banner month in June, reporting a 15.92 percent increase — which translates to a lucky sounding total of $77.77 million.

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Lawton said that's Washoe's 14th monthly increase. For the year, Washoe was up 6.4 percent as casinos raked in $857.1 million.

Even the tiny North Shore casino market at Crystal Bay did well, reporting a 5 percent increase to $2.22 million for June and $26.78 million total win, up 5.8 percent, for the fiscal year.

There was one exception in western Nevada reporting areas. South Shore casinos at Lake Tahoe were actually down 8.65 percent for June but Lawton said most of that was because of the tough comparison with last June when win increased 9.3 percent.

Both slot win and table game win were down significantly, resulting in a decrease of just under $2 million to $18.7 million for the month.

South Shore was up for the fiscal year but only by 1.7 percent. Casinos there raked in $226.7 million, about $4 million more than fiscal 2017. But that increase came against a tough comparison since the area was up 7.3 percent in fiscal year 2017.

The Carson Valley area, which includes valley portions of Douglas County as well as the capital, was up 7.34 percent for June to just more than $9 million. For the fiscal year, Carson was up 7.9 percent to $108.7 million. That number was helped considerably by the 15.6 percent increase in table game winnings, even though games account for less than 10 percent of total win in the area.

For Carson Valley, that June was the 13th consecutive monthly increase and, for the year, the fourth consecutive increase.

Churchill County's seven non-restricted licensees reported total win of $1.64 million in June. That's only 2 percent up from the previous June but, for the year, Churchill casinos won $21.19 million, a 4.36 percent increase.

The vast majority of gaming win in Churchill is from slot play with table games making up just $707,000 of the total.

Area June Win Percentage Change

Statewide $933 million 4.17 percent

Carson Valley $9 million 7.34 percent

South Shore $18.7 million -8.65 percent

North Shore $2.2 million 5 percent

Washoe County $77.77 million 15.92 percent

Reno $59.4 million 19.78 percent

Clark County $790.9 million 3.45 percent

The Strip $523.9 million 5.36 percent

Area FY18 Win Percentage Change

Statewide $11.8 billion 3.2 percent

Carson Valley $108.76 million 7.9 percent

South Shore $226.7 million 1.7 percent

North Shore $26.78 million 5.8 percent

Washoe County $857.1 million 6.4 percent

Reno $632.3 million 6.7 percent

Clark County $10.2 billion 2.8 percent

The Strip $6.6 billion 2 percent