Down Month In July, But NY Casinos Still On Record-Setting Pace As They Pass Revenue Milestone

Written By Grant Lucas on August 11, 2023
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The peak of summer also brought the peak of success for casinos in New York.

According to data released by the New York State Gaming Association, the four commercial casinos in NY combined for $57.1 million in gross gaming revenue in July. While down 8.8% from July 2022, last month featured the industry’s highest revenue from slots – $42.2 million – since August.

On top of that, with $13.4 million in July, lifetime table games revenue surpassed $900 million in New York.

NY casinos on record-setting revenue pace

In the seven years of land-based casino gaming in the Empire State, no calendar year has gotten off to the same start as 2023.

While last month represented the lowest July revenue total in New York since 2019, it pushed the NY casinos industry to $395.8 million in gross gaming revenue.

For perspective, during last year’s record-setting run of casino gaming in New York, the four properties combined for $392.4 million at this time last year – nearly $3.5 million behind the 2023 pace.

YearGross Gaming Revenue
*Shortened by COVID-19

Breaking down July revenue by individual NY casinos

In a constant back-and-forth battle for the top spot, Rivers Casino Schenectady topped Resorts World Catskills as the industry leader. While the casino had its lowest table games total since December 2021, Rivers reported its second-highest slots total since opening in February 2017.

With $17.3 million in July revenue, Rivers became the first NY casino to top $1 billion in lifetime revenue.

Resorts World Catskills is some $52 million away from joining Rivers after reporting $16.3 million in July. Resorts enjoyed its highest slot revenue total since October 2022, while poker represented the NY casino’s highest total since August.

Other noteworthy items include Tioga Downs reporting it second highest total revenue since opening in December 2016 – missing out on the March record total by less than $4,000. Tioga also had its best-ever month for table games and third-highest slot revenue total.

CasinoTotal GGRSlotsTable GamesPokerSports BettingTotal Tax
Rivers Schenectady$17,253,167$13,637,176$2,931,857$346,080$338,053$4,452,752
Resorts World Catskills$16,266,905$9,646,327$6,158,736$444,212$17,630$3,555,956
Del Lago$14,017,991$10,640,242$3,010,929$230,184$136,635$3,529,848
Tioga Downs$9,563,513$8,305,460$1,324,880$46,924($113,752)$3,198,825
Photo by Seth Wenig / AP Photo
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Grant Lucas is the managing editor for PlayNY. A longtime, award-winning sports writer, Grant has covered gambling and legal sports betting since 2018, when he got his start reporting on the New Jersey and Pennsylvania industries. He now oversees PlayNY as New York expands legalized gambling to sports betting and online casino gaming.

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