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Pittsburgh casino sees $73.7M wagered in first week

18 August 2009

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania -- As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Police reports from the first week of Rivers Casino operations show incidents of counterfeiting, theft and drunkenness that could occur in any enterprise where large quantities of cash and alcohol flow.

"State police stationed inside the casino issued trespassing citations to someone trying to enter who was under age 21 and another person who had placed himself on the state's compulsive gambler self-exclusion list.

"Meanwhile, the casino's first eight days of operations produced one big haul, generating $6.5 million in gross terminal revenue on $73.7 million in wagering.

"Of the $6.5 million, 55 percent, or $3.6 million, went to the state in taxes. About $2.2 million of that will go for property tax relief. The casino kept $2.9 million..."

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