More than $1.1b gambled in Maine casinos last year
The figures were released Friday in the Maine Gambling Control Board's 2013 annual report.
Bangor's Hollywood Casino, meanwhile, saw customers gamble $469 million at its slot machines, $100 million less than the year before. It paid out $422 million.
"We get daily numbers, so we had been watching the trend," said Patrick Fleming, the board's executive director. "When Hollywood was the only facility in the state, everyone went there."
There was a "honeymoon period" last year with players checking out the newer Oxford Casino, he said. "We're kind of expecting that Bangor will now plateau. Oxford went through two expansions in that first year, so we're kind of getting them to, I think, the size they're going to remain for a while."
As of January, Oxford had 858 slot machines and 26 table games; Hollywood had 888 slot machines and 16 table games.
The Gambling Control Board has an inspector on site at both Oxford and Hollywood whenever they're open. Fleming said he's been generally pleased with both operations.
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