Gaming win still off, but improving

Some areas of town actually saw a year-to-year gain in August

Mitch Kelly
September 30, 2020 - 8:11 am
Red Rock Casino floor on 6-4-20

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Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - Nevada casinos continue to rebound ever so slightly, as new numbers from the Nevada Gaming Control Board indicate.

The NGCB released the gaming win figures for August on Wednesday and, while they pale in comparison with 2019, it continues to show a comeback.

Nevada’s gaming win for August was down 22% compared to August 2019. Clark County was down 25%

The biggest loser was the Las Vegas Strip with a 39% decrease in gaming win when compared to August 2019. Downtown Las Vegas gaming properties experienced a 22% decrease in gaming wins.

Not every area saw a decrease though. North Las Vegas was up nearly 2% and the Boulder Strip was up a shocking 30%.

Casinos were forced to close in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and numbers in subsequent months reflected that closure.

The statewide gaming win was down over 99 percent in April and May, down 45 percent in June (casinos were allowed to reopen on June 4th), and down 26 percent in July.

Since the reopening of casinos, the majority of gamblers have been the “drive to Vegas” type, coming up from California and Arizona. Air traffic to Las Vegas continues to slowly recover, but international travel - and the high rollers that come with it - continues to be almost non-existent.