Missouri Gamblers Losing Money in Big Numbers

KANSAS CITY, MO - Riverboat gamblers in Missouri are losing record amounts at the state's eleven casinos.

Last month casinos statewide raked in more than $143 million, up a fraction from the record set in March 2006.

Gamblers left behind a record $67 million in Kansas City's four boats last month, up sharply from $64.4 million in March 2006.

St. Louis-area casinos also set records, and are getting closer to average daily takes of $1 million.  Harrahs Maryland Heights took in just over $29 million, breaking its own Missouri single-boat revenue record of $28.5 million.

The increase is attributed to good weather, tax refunds and an extra weekend in March.

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