Coast casino revenues grew by almost nine percent last year.
The Mississippi State Tax Commission just tallied up the final totals from 2000. According to its analysis, coast gamblers lost a record $1.1 billion. While that is higher than it's ever been, the tax commission's annual report indicates it's a slower growth than in the past.
One of the coast worst months last year happened to be the last month of the year. December revenues only reached the $77 million level. That's almost exactly where they were in 1999.