Despite the going-down-in-flames opening of the Revel Casino down the road in Atlantic City, gaming advocates in Philadelphia have one small piece of new evidence to show that Philadelphia could handle a second casino: The state’s revenues from slots increased for the sixth consecutive year in 2012, up 2.7 percent from $2.4 billion to $2.47 billion. (Slots revenue at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia was up by nearly $20 million over the year before.) But it’s not all good news: Overall gaming revenue in December was down 2 percent from the year before, from $199 million to $195 million; SugarHouse Casino saw a slightly smaller drop of 1.42 percent, to $15.49 million. [6 ABC]
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