SCHENECTADY — The summer of 2021 was a good one for New York casinos.
Many New York gaming facilities reported their best monthly gross gambling revenue ever in July and August, or nearly their best, a state database shows.
The industry was knocked for a loop in 2020 due to COVID-related restrictions and shutdowns, but it has been regaining momentum in 2021.
Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady reported $16.1 million in July gross gaming revenue — the money played by gamblers minus the winnings paid to them — and $15.9 million in August. The July total was the most ever for a single month since the riverfront casino opened in February 2017; August missed being second-highest month by about $36,000.
Saratoga Casino Hotel had its best two months since Rivers opened for business in 2017: $13.5 million in July and $13.0 million in August. Gamblers played more than $193 million in July alone on the casino’s 1,200-plus video gaming machines.
Statewide, video gaming facilities saw gross revenue of $220.7 million and $190 million, their best and third-best months ever.
New York’s three other non-Indian commercial casinos — Del Lago, Resorts World Catskills and Tioga Downs — each had their two best months ever of gross gaming revenue in July and August.