Gross revenue from table games was $663.9 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, up from $507.7 million the year before.
The totals were boosted by play at Valley Forge Casino Resort, which opened in March and generated $7.1 million in gross table games revenue. The 10 other casinos showed significant growth, with each reporting more gross revenue from table games than the previous fiscal year. Pennsylvania first licensed slot-machine casinos in 2006 before authorizing table games in 2010.
Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, for example, was up nearly 75 percent, generating $127.8 million in gross table games revenue, compared with $73.1 million the year before. Sugarhouse Casino in Philadelphia also showed a big gain, pulling in $81.2 million—up more than 50 percent over $52.6 million the year before. Parx Casino in Bensalem was up nearly 30 percent.
The state taxes table games revenue at 14 percent, meaning the games generated $107 million in tax revenue last fiscal year.
Two weeks ago, the gaming board reported gross revenue from slot machines rose 5.5 percent for the fiscal year, with the 11 casinos bringing in gross slots revenue of nearly $2.
In slots revenue, two casinos had reported declines for the 12-month period—Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack, in the struggling suburban city of Chester, and Presque Isle Downs Casino in Erie.
Both, however, saw gains in the yearly table games figures; Presque Isle was up nearly 7 percent to $21.5 million and Harrah's was up 13.5 percent to $80.5 million.
The state uses casino revenue to support the state budget, public schools, civic development projects, volunteer firefighting squads, local governments and the horse racing industry.