April gambling wagers for electronic games slipped from March – the best month ever for Southland and Oaklawn casinos – but the numbers still show significant year-over-year increases.
Wagers from EGS, or electronic games of skill, are collected from gaming casinos at the state’s two authorized outlets. The games include video blackjack, poker, and slots.
In April, West Memphis-based Southland recorded EGS wagers of $87 million, while Hot Springs-based Oaklawn brought in nearly $55 million in EGS gambling.
For the first 4 months of 2011, Oaklawn and Southland combined for more than a half billion dollars in EGS wagers – roughly $550 million. One year ago, EGS wagers accounted for approximately $354.2 million in gambling during the first four months of the year.
Both outlets are expecting a record month in May as Mississippi casinos along the Mississippi River have been closed due to flooding. You can read more on the subject at this link.