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Gaming Revenues Up In 2011

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada casinos have won nearly $856 million in December, marking a 2 percent increase compared with the same month a year ago.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board says Thursday that the Las Vegas Strip’s $518 million in winnings were up 3.6 percent. Revenue was $30.9 million in downtown Las Vegas, which is 10.7 percent down.

Reno casinos brought in $41.7 million in December for a 10.2 percent increase in revenue, while South Lake Tahoe gained 6 percent.

State officials say they collected $31.7 million in taxes based on December revenues. That’s a nearly 6 percent increase in collections compared with the year earlier.

Nevada casino revenue in the last six months of 2011 was up 1.2 percent compared with the same period in 2010.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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