Slots revenue down in Pa., partly due to Sandy

FILE - In this April 1, 2009 file photo, a player puts a dollar coin in one of Resorts Atlantic City's dollar-coin slot machines in Atlantic City, N.J. The amount of time gamblers in the nation's second-largest casino market are spending in Atlantic City casinos is falling, and they're holding on more tightly to their wallets while they're there. A new statistical study shows the amount of time gamblers spent inside the gambling halls is down more than 22 percent, and the amount of money they spend there is down almost 30 percent over the last four years. (AP Photo/Curt Hudson, File)

November 2, 2012 1:03:23 PM PDT
Pennsylvania gambling regulators say gross revenue from slot machines was down 4.4 percent last month at Pennsylvania's casinos, a decline blamed in part on Superstorm Sandy.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reported Friday that gross slots revenue at the state's 11 casinos last month totaled $188.4 million. That was down from $197.2 million during the same period in 2011, when 10 casinos were open.

It was just the fourth time since the state's first casino opened six years ago that monthly slots revenue declined.

Sandy caused massive power outages, especially in the Philadelphia area, which has four casinos.

Gaming board spokesman Doug Harbach says one casino closed for parts of two days, while others were not at full operation. The number of customers was down significantly due to the storm.