ELKO – West Wendover casinos scored the biggest revenue percentage gain of all Nevada cities in December, according to a report from the Gaming Control Board.
Casinos in the border town won $17 million, up from $13.5 million in December 2016. That’s an increase of more than 25 percent.
Other Elko County casinos also showed strong growth of nearly 17 percent, with revenue of $7.5 million.
The weather may have been a factor in the increase, as December 2017 was much warmer and drier than the previous year.
Statewide, the gaming win of $960 million was up only .44 of a percent for the month.
Gaming increased 2.22 percent statewide in the last six months of 2017 while Elko County saw a 3 percent increase overall, and Wendover alone was up 12 percent.
The agency responsible for promoting Sin City announced that fewer people visited the nation’s gambling mecca last year.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said 42.2 million people traveled to the area. The agency attributed the 1.7 percent drop in visitation to the mass shooting on Oct. 1 and a temporary reduction in available rooms as several hotels underwent renovations.
For all of 2017, casinos in Las Vegas saw their revenue increase 1.3 percent despite the drop in visitors.