PHILADELPHIA (AP) — State gaming officials say Pennsylvania casinos saw a slight rise in gross slots revenue last month, compared to November 2011.
But the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board says the increase was less than a half a percent, up to $192.5 million — and it was boosted by the March opening of the state’s 11th casino, Valley Forge Casino Resort.
The gaming board says revenue figures declined about 1.9 percent when looking only at the 10 casinos that were open during both periods.
Pennsylvania taxes casino revenue and uses it to support the state budget, public schools, civic development projects, volunteer firefighting squads, local governments and the horse racing industry.
The state legalized casino gambling in 2004 and saw its first casino open two years later.