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Nevada gambling revenues up 1.5 percent in 2012

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada casinos won $10.8 billion from gamblers last year, representing a 1.5 percent increase over 2011.

State gambling regulators reported Friday that 2012 was the third consecutive year of gains following two years of declines in 2008 and 2009.

But the yearly win is still 15.5 percent below the peak of $12.8 billion recorded in 2007 before the recession.

Last year gamblers wagered $139.6 billion on slot machines, table games and sports betting.

For the month of December, the casino win was up 10.2 percent over the same month a year ago.

Casinos won about $943 million during the month, and the state collected more than $39 million in taxes based on that amount.

The state's share represents a more than 23.5 percent increase from the previous year.

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