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Recent figures released by the Nevada Gaming Control Board have revealed that baccarat and penny slots games are proving to be a hit with Las Vegas casino goers, while blackjack is rapidly dropping in popularity. According to figures published by the board, the combined revenue from baccarat and penny slots games in Nevada last year was $3.2 billion, with slots revenue up by 21% when compared with 2007’s figures.
In comparison, blackjack revenue for 2010 was down by 31% when compared with figures from 2007. Casinos have quickly realised that the game is simply no longer as popular as it once was, as there are now 815 less blackjack tables in gambling resorts, when compared with the amount available a decade ago.
Speaking about the figures, the Las Vegas Advisor’s Anthony Curtis told the Las Vegas Sun that baccarat has remained popular as it’s played by high-rollers, whereas blackjack games tend to attract mid-rollers. According to Curtis, this is why Las Vegas has suffered, as it “needs the middle market”.