ATLANTIC CITY - In the border war between two casino giants, Pennsylvania has overtaken Atlantic City for the first time in gross gaming revenue in a single month.
Pennsylvania's 10 gaming halls pulled in a total of $245.8 million in revenue from their slot machines and table games in November, compared to $245.1 million for the 11 Atlantic City casino hotels. Previously, Atlantic City had always been the top revenue producer each month since casino gambling began in Pennsylvania in late 2006.
Pennsylvania's table games generated $54 million in revenue in November, according to figures released Friday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Earlier this month, the gaming board reported that Pennsylvania had $191.8 million in slot machine revenue for November.
While both slot machines and table games were up in November in Pennsylvania, Atlantic City's revenue continues to decline. Atlantic City's slot revenue fell 5 percent to $173.2 million and table games were down nearly 10 percent to $71.9 million in November, New Jersey Casino Control Commission figures show.
Atlantic City, the nation's second-largest casino market behind Nevada, remains ahead of Pennsylvania in total gaming revenue for the first 11 months of 2011. Some gaming analysts are predicting that Pennsylvania will surpass the slumping Atlantic City gaming industry next year to become the East Coast's biggest market.