Cold Weather May Have Kept Gamblers Home In January

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(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – January’s cold weather and succession of storms is being blamed for a big drop in slots revenues at Pennsylvania casinos.

Gaming Control Board spokesman Doug Harbach says gross revenue from slots play fell almost 9-percent last month compared to January of 2013.

“We’ve spoken to many of the casinos. Anecdotally, they’ve noted that the weather certainly played a pretty good part in lessening the crowds that came through their doors. So we believe that a significant portion of that reduction came from the weather.”

Harbach says Maryland casinos also attribute bad weather to a similar drop in January. Harrah’s Philadelphia had the biggest decline in slots revenue last month, a drop of more than 16-percent.

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