Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Hollywood Casino drives massive gaming revenue increase for Kansas

Posted By on Tue, May 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Cutting the ribbon on Hollywood Casino helped Kansas earn its keep on gaming money
  • Angela C. Bond
  • Cutting the ribbon on Hollywood Casino helped Kansas earn its keep on gaming money.

A gambler's bad luck and a new casino have caused Kansas' gaming revenue to surge more than 600 percent over the previous year.

The American Gaming Association's report on 2012 state-by-state gambling finances shows that spending at Kansas' three casinos increased six times compared with 2011, making the Sunflower State the nation's fastest-growing gaming state over the past year.

That's primarily due to the Hollywood Casino's having opened in Wyandotte County, and to a full year's operation from the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane.

In Missouri, 2012 gaming revenue was $1.77 billion across 13 casinos - 2.2 percent less than in 2011. That still dwarfs its neighbor state's haul; Kansans spent just $341 million on gaming last year. House odds brought a $92 million payday in casino taxes to Kansas coffers in 2012, compared with $471.4 million for Missouri.

Neither place, of course, is Nevada, which in 2012 made almost $11 billion in gaming revenue.

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