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Rivers, Saratoga casinos raked in revenue in July, August

Rivers Casino in Schenectady is shown Friday, Sept. 3, 2021.
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Rivers Casino in Schenectady is shown Friday, Sept. 3, 2021.

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.

Categories: Business, News, Saratoga County, Schenectady County

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