NWI casino boat revenues drift down in July

2013-08-08T14:45:00Z 2013-08-08T23:31:05Z NWI casino boat revenues drift down in JulyBy Keith Benman keith.benman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3326 nwitimes.com

Northwest Indiana casino revenues dropped 5.1 percent in July as compared to a year ago, marking the sixth month this year the total take has declined, according to the Indiana Gaming Commission's July revenue report.

In all, the five casinos raked in $89.5 million in July, as compared to $94.4 million in July 2012, according to the report.

Blue Chip, in Michigan City, had the largest year-over-year decline of 13.7 percent on total revenues of $13.6 million in July. Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, suffered the smallest nick with revenues down just 1.5 percent.

Horseshoe had the smallest revenue decline of any greater Chicagoland casino in July and continued to increase its share of the gaming pie, according to General Manager Dan Nita.

"We were able to pick up significant market share in both slots and overall gaming revenues," Nita said. "We'll take that as a win."

August figures to be a strong month at Horseshoe, Nita said. The casino is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its $500 million expansion in Hammond with promotions such as the $1 million Suitcase Man and others.

In Gary in July, the two Majestic Star boats had a total revenue decline of 5.2 percent on a total take of $15.8 million. Ameristar, in East Chicago, was down 6.4 percent on total revenue of $17.8 million in July.

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