Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 | 9:08 a.m.
CARSON CITY — For the second straight month, gross gambling win fell in the casinos on the Las Vegas Strip due to poor showings in baccarat and at the sports books.
The state Gaming Control Board reported today that the 39 casinos on the Strip won $490.9 million in September, down 5.6 percent from a year ago. It comes after a decreased win in August of 8.7 percent.
Every gaming area in Clark County, except Mesquite, had a lower gaming win compared to the same month last year.
Statewide, the gaming win, computed before business expenses and taxes, was $863.9 million, down 5.8 percent — also the second straight month of decline.
The state collected $51.4 million in taxes based on the win in September, a drop of 8.8 percent compared to the previous year.
On the Strip, craps reported a 19.9 percent gain; blackjack was up 18.4 percent; roulette rose 27.8 percent; and slot win inched up 0.2 percent.
But baccarat, a game that attracts high rollers, was off 36.4 percent and sports books’ gross win dropped 36.7 percent.
In August, the baccarat win fell by 40.9 percent and sports betting was off 12.5 percent.
The gaming board reported the win at downtown Las Vegas casinos fell by 2.7 percent compared to the previous year. North Las Vegas casinos had a drop of 13.3 percent; Laughlin was off 8.8 percent; the Boulder Strip declined 17.1 percent; and the balance of Clark County dropped 4.3 percent.
Only Mesquite casinos had an increase for the month, up 2.4 percent.
The board reported gaming win in Washoe County was up a small 0.2 percent; the Carson Valley was down by 2.5 percent; Elko County increased by 7.9 percent; and South Lake Tahoe fell 14.3 percent.