CARSON CITY — Nevada’s casinos returned to their winning ways in April, posting a statewide total win of $855.7 million for a 6.2 percent gain over April 2011, the Gaming Control Board reported Tuesday.
Clark County overall was up 8.9 percent in April to $743.7 million, while the rest of the state did not fare as well. Washoe County was down 15.5 percent, South Lake Tahoe down 4.4 percent and Elko County, 2.3 percent.
One reason for the positive overall report was technical in nature, however. Because March ended on a Saturday, some of the slot machine revenue from that day did not get tallied until the following month, skewing the April totals.
But the win, coming after a double-digit decline in March, is the sixth positive month out of the past seven and is welcome news, said Michael Lawton, senior research analyst for the control board.
“March was kind of a bump in the road,” he said. “(We) got back on track this month. Next month might be a little bit different, we’ve got a really tough comp for May.”
For the fiscal year from July 1, 2011 to April 30, statewide gaming revenue is up 2.5 percent.