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Blue Chip Casino posted its third monthly year-over-year gain in gaming revenue in November. Its table games accounted for the gain.

Northwest Indiana's casinos felt November's chill as they recorded a 3.4 percent year-over-year drop in gaming revenue, to $72.1 million.

Gains at Ameristar and Blue Chip, and a near-even month at Majestic Star, were offset by a double-digit decline at Horseshoe, according to statistics released by the Indiana Gaming Commission Monday.

"Northwest Indiana continues a six-month trend of teetering up and down," Horseshoe Senior Vice President and General Manager Dan Nita said. "This happened to be a down month."

Hammond Horseshoe's decline was 11.3 percent, to $29.8 million. Nita noted Horseshoe had had a strong 2017, with a significant jump in table-game play.

"We had a $6 million spike last year," he said.

East Chicago's Ameristar continued a strong 2018 with a 7.5 percent jump in gaming "win" to $18.4 million, with revenue increases in both table games and slot machines. 

Blue Chip was up only 0.2 percent, to $12.2 million, but also posted gains in both table games and slots. It was the Michigan City casinos third monthly increase of the year, as it faces increased competition from Four Winds South Bend.

Majestic Star's casinos in Gary were also near even, down less than $11,000 to $11.7 million.

Nita said Chicago-area casinos on the Illinois side of the state line were even as compared to a year ago.

The Region's results helped push the state to a 2.5 percent drop in win. Indiana's 13 gaming establishments took in $176.2 million in November. They paid the state $44 million in wagering taxes.

For the year through November, Northwest Indiana's casinos have brought in $856.4 million, 0.9 percent below the first 11 months of 2017. The state as a whole is down a similar amount, to $2.05 billion.


Transportation Reporter

Andrew covers transportation, real estate, casinos and other topics for The Times business section. A Crown Point native, he joined The Times in 2014, and has more than 15 years experience as a reporter and editor at Region newspapers.