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The country’s commercial casinos won nearly $14 billion in the third quarter of this year, the industry’s best quarter so far, and is outpacing US casino revenue for all of 2020, according to data released Tuesday.

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Figures from the American Gaming Association, the casino industry’s national trade group, show that US casinos are poised to have their best year ever in 2021 as more consumers feel comfortable going to casinos amid the COVID19 pandemic, and more opportunities for online and sports betting. Revenue continues to increase. ,

The group said that US casinos are on pace to break the annual record set in 2019 of $43.65 billion.

The association’s president and CEO Bill Miller said the second quarter of this year also broke records.

“Two straight quarters of record gaming revenue is an incredible achievement in any context, let alone after the most challenging year in industry history,” he said in a statement. “Our recovery is not a flash in the pan, but an ongoing result of our leadership in responsible reopening, world-class entertainment offerings and broad adaptability.”

The country’s non-Native American casinos won $13.89 billion in July, August and September of this year. For the first three quarters of this year, US casinos have won approximately $39 billion, exceeding the total for all of 2020, and over 18% of the total for the first three quarters of 2019.

Jan Bokuniewicz, director of the Lloyd Levenson Institute at Stockton University in New Jersey, said increased demand among customers weary of the pandemic played a big role in the industry’s resurgence as restrictions were lifted.

“After a year of restrictions and quarantine, people were eager to get out and enjoy personal experiences again,” she said. “The casino industry responded quickly to implement clean and safe protocols providing a welcoming environment for people seeking safe social activities.

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“The explosive growth of Internet gaming during the pandemic brought in a new audience of consumers who may be curious about the brick-and-mortar casino and in-person gaming experience,” she said. “Inspired by the casino marketing and loyalty program, they may have decided to try something new.”

David Schwartz, a gambling historian at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, agreed that an eagerness to get out and work among gamblers who were reluctant to visit casinos in Las Vegas or their local areas is a factor driving the higher numbers.

Ten of the 25 states with commercial casinos saw record quarterly revenue, including the four highest-grossing commercial gambling states in 2019: Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

On the Las Vegas Strip, gambling revenue also reached an all-time high of $2.06 billion.

The association said the record was driven, in part, by the steady return of tourism, with 9.2 million people visiting Las Vegas in the third quarter, a nearly 10% increase over the second quarter of the year, and the highest quarterly visitation level since then. Epidemic outbreak in early 2020.

Slots and table games, traditionally the bread and butter of the casino industry, have been responsible for most of the run of over $12 billion.

Internet gambling revenue hit a record $938.6 million.

However, sports betting revenue saw a quarterly low of $886.5 million in 2021 due to a limited end-of-summer sports calendar.

Combined sports betting and internet gambling revenue was $5.36 billion during the first nine months of the year, up more than 200% year over year.