Clark County’s $1B Gaming Win Streak Ends in April
Newly released figures from the Nevada Gaming Control Board show that casinos in Clark County ended their 11-month streak of winning $1 billion or more from players in April, but Nevada overall had its best ever April, winning $1.16 billion from gamblers.
Across the state there were very mixed results. Some markets showed weakness, such as Lake Tahoe markets, which dropped by double-digit percentages, while others, were up double-digit percentages, including downtown Las Vegas, which rose 10.6% to $74.5 million.
In Clark County, the gaming win was $995 million, which was still 3.6% higher than April 2022. Other areas to perform well were the Boulder Strip and Sparks, and in total, the state’s gaming win was up 2.8% compared to April 2022.
According to Michael Lawton, a senior economic analyst for the NGCB, there were various reasons for the ups and downs. In downtown Vegas, the large increase was due to the timing of collections. Win totals in South Lake Tahoe were also impacted by the timing of collections and the market fell for three straight months, most likely due to wintry weather.
Sparks is still thriving after the opening of Legends Bay casino and Lawton thinks this will continue for the rest of the year. Meanwhile, at Lake Tahoe Northshore, win was mainly down due to the closure of Tahoe Biltmore in April 2022.
Nonetheless, Lawton said that the majority of markets are performing better than expected. Looking at the first four months of the year, downtown win is up 10.4%, Strip win is up 10.7%, and the state is up 6.6% compared to the same period last year.
Gaming win on the Las Vegas Strip continued to drive the statewide increase, as statewide gaming win excluding the Strip decreased by $5,000 and gaming win in Clark County excluding the Strip increased by just 1 percent, or $3.3 million. Nevada continued to record gaming win amounts in excess of pre-pandemic levels this month. This month also represented the 26th consecutive month that the state has recorded $1 billion in monthly gaming win.
Lawton went on to explain that the reason for the Strip’s success is the huge number of special events. For example, in April, the Red Hot Chili Pepper, Maroon 5, and Usher all played. There was also the National Association of Broadcasters convention, sports events, and more.
What the Future Holds for Nevada
While the end of Clark County's $1 billion gaming win streak in April may reflect some market variations and timing factors, the overall performance of Nevada's gaming industry remains strong. The success of the Las Vegas Strip, driven by special events and increased visitor numbers, contributes to the state's positive gaming win.
Looking at the first four months of the year, both downtown and Strip experienced notable growth compared to the same period last year. This suggests that Nevada's gaming industry is on a positive trajectory.
The continued growth in key markets indicates a promising outlook for the industry in the coming months.