The 466 casinos in the American state of Nevada reportedly posted over $1 billion in aggregated gross gaming revenues for June as a sign that they are continuing their recovery from the most hurtful effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a report from G3Newswire citing official information from the Nevada Gaming Control Board, the impressive performance was driven by local-facing gambling venues and a record haul from slots. The source detailed that the period additionally marked the fourth consecutive month casinos in ‘The Silver State’ had seen their combined receipts break the billion-dollar mark.
The figures from the Nevada Gaming Control Board reportedly showed that the western state’s June aggregated gross gaming revenues tally of slightly over $1.19 billion represented a more than two-fold rise on the $566.93 million recorded for the same month on 2020 while being on a par with the $1.23 billion chalked up for May.
Michael Lawton serves as a senior analyst for the Nevada Gaming Control Board and he reportedly explained that the June tally was also in excess of 14% better than the $1.04 billion recorded for the same month in 2019. The expert purportedly moreover declared that this pattern had been replicated over ‘every market’ with the notable exception the Las Vegas Strip, which saw it combined gaming receipts decline month-on-month despite having ‘an incredibly strong comeback for the quarter’ that represented its third best.
The Nevada Gaming Control data reportedly furthermore showed that slots had generated approximately $868 million in statewide aggregated monthly gross gaming revenues, which surpassed the previous record set in October of 2007, while sportsbetting experienced a record-setting June at $315 million with some 58% of this total at around $182.7 million having been generated via mobile.
Despite all of this success and Bill Hornbuckle, Chief Executive Officer for Nevada casino stalwart MGM Resorts International, reportedly pronounced that he is just one of those who has not welcomed the recent reintroduction of a mandatory mask mandate for local gamblers following this directive’s mid-May relaxation. The Las Vegas-headquartered boss purportedly described the move as ‘another disheartening step backward’ at a time when the industry ‘should be focusing on continuing our recovery.’
Hornbuckle reportedly told G3Newswire…
“In addition to the heart-wrenching thought of more illness and death, I fear that progressively more restrictive measures including a return to social distancing and capacity restrictions could be around the corner if we continue on this path. This would be a significant blow to our community, industry and economy.”