The numbers are out for the fourth full week (ending March 12, 2017) of revenues generated at Rivers Casino at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady: just under $2.8 million; the worst week yet; and no snow storm to blame.
- a 21% drop from the first full week
- 9.9% less than last week’s numbers, which were down 11% from the prior week, and were never reported by the Gazette
The weekly average needs to be $4.3M to reach the $223 million annual gaming revenue number so often repeated by Mayor McCarthy, which is the projection for the “stabilized” 2019. So far, the four full weeks have averaged about $3.2 million, which won’t even generate the significantly lower first-year projections of the Casino and County.
Today’s Gazette tells us there are changes coming to Rivers Casino due to patron requests and frustrations. “Changes in works at Rivers Casino, including poker tournaments: Some customers have expressed frustration”, by Brett Samuels, March 17, 2017). It would have been a nice place to mention the slide in revenues, rather than: “[I]t has continued to net at least $3 million per week in gaming revenue and pulled in $10.8 million in its first month from slots and table games after payouts.”
On St. Patrick’s day, we must ask our good boyo Mayor Gary McCarthy if anyone but leprechauns believes in magic pots of gold?
. . from Hallmark
10 P.M. Update: The Times Union has covered the newest revenue figures, in the online article “Revenues drop again at Rivers Casino in Schenectady” (Eric Anderson, March 17, 2017). The piece gives some context for the numbers:
So far, the casino hasn’t reached the $4.28 million weekly average figure that was projected in an economic impact study by New Orleans-based The Innovation Group.
But that figure was for 2019, and by then the casino hotel should be open and construction at the neighboring Mohawk Harbors completed.
It’s also not clear whether bus tours to the casino have yet started. That also can be a lucrative source of revenues.
. . find the weekly Rivers Casino revenue stats here: http://tinyurl.com/RiversSchdyRevs
. . and, see our post: “what do those Casino revenue figures mean” (March 5, 2017)