Pennsylvania slot machine revenue ticked downward again in March, the sixth consecutive month that has happened on a year-over-year basis for the state’s 12 casinos.

The top-line look at slots in PA

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released the most recent numbers for PA casinos when it comes to slots.

According to the report, combined gross revenue from slot machines was .6 percent lower than it was in March of 2016, down to $210 million. That’s compared to March 2016, when gross revenue clocked in at $211.3 million.

The downtick cannot be explained away by the calendar, as March in both years had the same number of weekends.

The worrying trend for PA slots continues

The gaming revenue picture for the state shows that growth has plateaued at best, and is contracting at worst.

Slot revenue for the entire year basically held steady in 2016, and in fact was down just slightly (.2 percent.). Slot revenue has seen a year-over-year decrease every month since September; that’s the last time the state saw an uptick in slot revenue.

Overall gaming revenue has been down for the past five months. The state will need to see gains at table games to buck that trend in March. (Those figures come out later in the month.)

The new numbers come as the state considers whether to add a new Category 1 casino. Lawmakers are also considering a slew of new gaming measures, including the possibility of adding PA online casinos to the mix.

PA slots, casino by casino

On an individual casino basis, it was a mixed bag, unsurprisingly.

Five of the casinos saw revenue increase three percent or more:

The state’s two biggest casinos — Parx and Sands Bethlehem — each saw YoY decreases of less than a percent. Hardest hit were Mohegan Sun Pocono and Presque Isle Downs and Casino, which were both down about seven percent.

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Dustin Gouker

Dustin Gouker

Having previously written for The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner, among other publications, Dustin Gouker has been a sports writer for more than 15 years. He is an avid poker player who has also spent years covering the topics of poker, the casino industry, and the burgeoning DFS industry.