LAS VEGAS — A poor showing from the high-roller game of baccarat and two fewer weekend days pushed Nevada gambling revenue down 5.2 percent in August compared with the same month last year, according to figures released Thursday.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board said casinos in the state won just $861 million in August — the lowest monthly total since June 2015.
Still, the statewide total for the first eight months of 2016 is up 0.7 percent over the same period in 2015.
The August results for the entire state were driven by a 14.8 percent drop in Las Vegas Strip casino winnings, which totaled $450 million in August. Baccarat winnings for the state tumbled 42.1 percent in August, or $53.4 million.
“What we’ve been experiencing in baccarat of late — it’s definitely choppy,” said Michael Lawton, senior analyst with the control board. “We should expect to continue to see that volatility every month.”
If baccarat wasn’t included in the numbers, the state would have seen a $5.8 million net gain in August.
“The entire state’s decrease can be attributed to baccarat,” Lawton said.
Slot machine winnings increased 3.2 percent in August to $594 million. Customers put 1.8 percent less money into the machines, but casinos kept a larger share than they did a year ago.
August results off the Strip were mixed. Downtown Las Vegas winnings notched up 7 percent to $43 million.
Reno casino revenue stayed virtually flat at $51 million, while South Lake Tahoe revenue rose 26.7 percent to $24 million in August.
The state collected $48 million in tax money based on the August winnings — down 8 percent from the same time last year.