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Pennsylvania Outstrips New Jersey In Gambling For First Time Ever

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(File photo: Gamblers at the Mt. Airy Resort, in the Poconos.)

(File photo: Gamblers at the Mt. Airy Resort, in the Poconos.)

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — In November, for the first time ever, Pennsylvania casinos outperformed Atlantic City’s facilities in overall gross revenue.

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board spokesman Doug Harbach says Pennsylvania overtook New Jersey some time ago in one important category, and now, for the month of November, has claimed the top spot overall for the first time.

“At least for this one-month period, we’re ahead in overall revenue,” Harbach tells KYW Newsradio.  “And that’s because we’ve seen slot machine revenue being higher over Atlantic City for some time but also have now seen an uptick in the table game revenue.  And combined, that’s given a very healthy number to Pennsylvania.”

Pennsylvania’s table games, which launched only in the summer of last year, had $54 million in gross revenue in November, to help push Pennsylvania past New Jersey for the overall top spot.

Pennsylvania leads New Jersey in tax revenue but also has a much higher tax rate on slots.

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