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Atlantic City Casino Revenue Continues to Struggle

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Atlantic City casino revenue continues to drop in 2018. February marked the third consecutive month of declining gross gaming revenue (GGR). This has largely been blamed on adverse weather, and the casino industry is still hoping for a strong year. However, it is still worrying as Atlantic City experienced two consecutive years of increased casino revenue, leading to more casinos planning to open.

Atlantic City Casino Revenue drops in Feb 2018

Atlantic City casino revenue continued to drop in February 2018. This marks the third month in a row where revenue has dropped compared to 2017.

Casino Revenue in Atlantic City Drops Again

Atlantic City currently has seven casinos. Together, they generated a total of $192 million in wins for the casinos. This is a decrease in casino revenue of 6.5% compared to February 2017 and equals $13.3 million less. While the land-based casinos continued to struggle, online casinos had another good month. Internet gambling sites generated just under $22 million, which is a 17.5% increase.

Even the New Jersey Casino Control Commission Chairman didn’t hide his disappointment with the casino performances in February. Typically, the commission tries to simply brush off poor months, but the fact that there have now been three in a row has caused a response. The chairman simply said that there was no denying February was a poor month, with business down at almost all casinos. He ended saying that he hopes the casinos will be able to turn things around soon and that Atlantic City can enjoy a busier spring and summer.

Hopes for Strong Casino Revenue in 2018

After nine difficult years with declining casino revenue, which lead to the closure of five casinos, Atlantic City finally saw two consecutive years of growth in 2016 and 2017. But things started to decline in December 2017, when there was a 0.5% drop in GGR. This continued with a 9.9% drop in January and now this 6.5% drop in February. Overall, Atlantic City has generated $33.6 million less in 2018 compared to what it had made in the first two months of 2017.

While the poor weather is definitely a factor, it will still be worrying many in the industry. This year will see another two casinos reopening, which will bring the total to nine. Many believe that having seven casinos is the right size for Atlantic City. The two years of consecutive growth supports this. Only time will tell if the casinos can turn this slump around and have a better remainder of 2018.

2024 Latest News: Surge in Atlantic City Gaming Revenue Driven by Online Betting

The January 2024 report from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) reveals a significant surge in total gaming revenue in Atlantic City, with a notable increase driven by online gaming and sports betting. Despite harsh weather conditions, total gaming revenue rose by over 15%, primarily due to record-setting performances in internet gaming and sports wagering. Internet gaming saw a 19.9% increase in win, reaching $183.3 million, while sports wagering handle reached $1.7 billion with a gross revenue of $170.8 million, marking a substantial 136.1% increase.

However, traditional casino win experienced a slight decrease of 3.1%. Despite this, the top-performing properties included Borgata, Hard Rock, and Ocean Casino. Commissioner James Plousis highlights the overall success, emphasizing the impact of online gaming and sports betting in boosting revenue to its highest level since 2006. Moving forward, experts anticipate better year-over-year gains for brick-and-mortar casinos with the return of fairer weather and continued investment in enhancing in-person experiences for tourists.