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Mississippi’s December Casino Revenue Bounces Back After Slow November

The Mississippi Gaming Commission reported that casino revenue reached $219.8M in December, good enough for the second-highest total of 2023.

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November was a month to forget for Mississippi casinos. Turns out, it only took a month to put that long November behind them.

Data from the Mississippi Gaming Commission (MGC) showed that casino revenue hit $219.8 million in December, good enough for the second-highest total of 2023.

Though the month-on-month numbers were positive, the yearly numbers weren’t quite as sunny.

Casino revenue jumped nearly 15% in December

Mississippi’s casino revenue reports are split into three regions: Coastal, Northern and Central. The state’s coastal casinos generate the most revenue each month, followed by Northern and Central.

Here’s how December’s revenue looked for each region:

  • Coastal: $139 million
  • Northern: $50.8 million
  • Central: $30 million

All the regions’ revenue totals were impressive compared to the first 11 months of 2023. Coastal casinos posted their third-highest total, while Northern and Central casinos posted their second-highest revenue totals of the year.

MonthCentral RegionCoastal RegionNorthern RegionTotalMoM Change
December$29,992,289.77$139,043,632.90$50,798,684.28$219,834,606.9514.8%
November$24,379,325.26$122,261,516.48$44,922,664.80$191,563,506.540.3%
October$24,473,122.15$122,565,538.38$44,027,006.32$191,065,666.85-9.0%
September$27,443,096.80$135,392,235.14$47,154,695.05$209,990,026.995.7%
August$25,069,515.30$128,565,902.48$45,108,528.07$198,743,945.85-9.1%
July$27,027,992.15$143,196,496.77$48,375,085.32$218,599,574.2410.3%
June$26,560,323.47$127,341,857.77$44,286,194.83$198,188,376.07-5.7%
May$27,168,292.70$135,395,413.06$47,677,447.47$210,241,153.230.4%
April$28,672,846.22$131,244,684.17$49,488,868.00$209,406,398.39-7.7%
March$32,292,773.35$142,101,405.63$52,393,029.44$226,787,208.429.9%
February$27,512,611.00$133,443,060.75$45,436,412.72$206,392,084.472.2%
January$26,629,872.84$129,430,640.02$45,897,307.80$201,957,820.66N/A
Total$327,222,061.01$1,589,982,383.55$565,565,013.48$2,482,769,458N/A

While the month-on-month numbers rebounded in December, year-on-year numbers were down slightly at -1.3%.

Sports betting revenue sees huge gains but lags year-on-year

Mississippi sportsbooks generated $4.9 million in revenue in December, up 57.5% from November 2023 revenue but down 56.7% compared to December 2022.

MonthTotal Sports Betting HandleMonth-on-Month ChangeRevenueMonth on Month
December$48,888,089.11-21.7%$4,886,770.9957.5%
November$62,412,734.6026.1%$3,103,061.06-57.7%
October$49,503,678.86-4.2%$7,344,506.26-9.8%
September$51,647,914.72141.4%$8,144,027.54202.6%
August$21,392,231.3820.7%$2,691,243.609.2%
July$17,728,738.50-13.2%$2,463,671.4233.3%
June$20,414,901.65-23.7%$1,848,676.33-41.9%
May$26,761,690.60-15.9%$3,180,952.77-26.8%
April$31,805,003.88-31.9%$4,347,138.17229.8%
March$46,689,391.6517.3%$1,317,945.4122.8%
February$39,807,504.26-30.4%$1,073,092.92-25.3%
January$57,223,250.63N/A$1,436,956.47-94.6%
Total$313,470,627.27N/A$26,503,704.63N/A

According to the MCG report, December’s revenue total was the third-best of the year, while handle (total amount bet) came in at the fifth-highest tally in 2023.

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J.R. Duren has covered the gambling beats for more than a dozen states for Catena Media since 2015. His past reporting experience includes two years at the Villages Daily Sun, and he is a first-place winner at the Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Contest.

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J.R. Duren has covered the gambling beats for more than a dozen states for Catena Media since 2015. His past reporting experience includes two years at the Villages Daily Sun, and he is a first-place winner at the Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Contest.

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