A plane takes off from McCarran International Airport near casinos along the Las Vegas Strip on Sept. 29, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
For the sixth consecutive month, Nevada casinos reported total win of more than $1 billion in August.
The $1.16 billion reported by licensees was 57 percent higher than the same month in 2020 when win totaled $742.9 million. But it was a more modest increase than the all-time record of $1.36 billion set in July.
The largest share of the increase was on the Las Vegas Strip where win increased from $317.2 million to $625.7 million. And a good share of that came from a 100 percent plus increase in Baccarat win to $93.1 million. That total was driven by a 15.24 percent hold percentage compared with 8.54 percent a year ago.
The Carson Valley area, which includes valley portions of Douglas County as well as the capital, reported a near $1.7 million increase over a year ago but, at $11.6 million, $800,000 short of July’s $12.2 million.
Still, that is just almost 17 percent more than a year ago. As usual, the vast majority of Carson’s win comes from slots — $11.3 million. Just $326,000 came from game and table play.
South Shore casinos at Stateline were up 8 percent over August 2020. But Gaming Control Board analyst Mike Lawton said the Caldor Fire impacted Tahoe numbers significantly. Highway 50 from Sacramento and the Bay Area was closed for days. The biggest impact at South Shore was a 37.5 percent decrease in game and table win to just $4.1 million. That greatly offset the 27.5 percent increase in slot win or $19.5 million.
He said the fire also impacted North Shore casinos at Crystal Bay. Total win there was $2.52 million, a 9.3 percent, $215,000 increase.
Churchill County reported total win of just over $2 million. That is 18.46 percent higher than a year ago. Just $15,000 of that came from game and table play.
In Washoe County, total win was $90.5 million for the month, up $14.2 million or 18.7 percent from August 2020. Slot win totaled $77.9 million in Washoe, a 20.7 percent increase.
Reno accounted for $65.6 million of Washoe’s total win for the month.
Area August Win Percentage Change
Statewide $1.16 billion - 56.91%
Carson Valley $11.6 million 16.8%
South Shore $23,6 million 7.97%
North Shore $2.52 million 9.3%
Washoe County $90.5 million 18.65%
Reno $65.6 million 19.2%
Clark County $993.4 billion - 67.3%
The Strip $625.7 million 97.2%