ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (AP) — New Jersey casinos, racetracks that offer sports betting and online partners of both types of outlets earned nearly $485 million from gamblers in September, up from almost 7% compared to the previous year.

And all nine casinos collectively exceeded the amount they earned from in-person players in September 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic hit. They earned nearly $252 million, up 1.3% from three years ago.

But much of that came from the performance of just two casinos: Hard Rock and Ocean; the other seven still lag behind the in-person income levels they had before the pandemic hit.

The amount won by in-person gamblers is a key metric for Atlantic City casinos and is among the industry’s top concerns as the gambling resort strives to recover from declines related to the pandemic. Six of the nine casinos earned more from in-person gamblers last month than in September 2019.

“The mild September weather helped get the fall season off to a good start for Atlantic City casino operators,” said Jane Bokunewicz, director of the Lloyd Levenson Institute at the University of Stockton, which studies the market. Atlantic City gambling. “At this rate, Atlantic City casino operators are likely to meet and potentially exceed pre-pandemic year-end totals for actual and total gaming revenue.”

The in-person revenue numbers are less encouraging compared to September 2019, before the coronavirus outbreak.

In the first nine months of this year compared to the same period in September 2019, Bally’s was down 10.3%; Borgata is down 1.2%; Caesars was down 9.3%; Golden Nugget was down 25.2%; Harrah’s fell 17.2%; Resorts fell 5.9% and Tropicana fell 16.8%, according to the Casino Association of New Jersey.

During the same period, Ocean grew by 68.3% and Hard Rock by 51.8%.

Casinos and the three racetracks that offer sports betting took nearly $867 million from sports bets in September, retaining nearly $98 million in revenue after refunding winning bets and other expenses. Sports betting revenue was up nearly 19% from a year ago.

Internet gambling brought in more than $135 million in September, an increase of more than 10% from a year ago.

Bally’s earned nearly $15.9 million from in-person gamblers in September, up 12.8% from a year ago. He has earned over $3.7 million online, up from just $337,000 a year earlier, and he has earned over $905,000 from sports betting, up from $126,000 a year ago.

Borgata earned $62.3 million from in-person players, up 3.5% from a year ago. He earned $41.1 million online, up 7.6%, and he earned more than $10 million from sports betting, up from more than $13.4 million a year ago.

Caesars earned $22.4 million from in-person players, up 1.8% from a year ago. He has won nearly $1.5 million in sports betting, compared to losing more than $380,000 a year ago.

Golden Nugget earned nearly $13.5 million from in-person players, up 4.3% from a year ago. He earned more than $34 million online, up 10%, and he made just over $224,000 from sports betting, about double what he had made a year earlier.

Hard Rock earned $43.6 million from in-person players, up 6.3% from a year ago. He earned nearly $5.7 million online, down 2%, and he earned $1.8 million from sports betting, slightly above what he had earned a year earlier .

Harrah’s earned $23.2 million from in-person players, down 15.5% from a year ago. He lost nearly $83,000 online, compared to winnings of nearly $386,000 a year ago.

Ocean Casino earned nearly $30.6 million from in-person gamblers, up 5.2% from a year ago. He’s earned nearly $2.4 million online, about double what he did a year ago, and he’s earned more than $536,000 in sports betting, compared to $1.6 million on dollars a year ago.

Resorts earned $16.7 million from in-person players, down 3% from a year ago. Its online subsidiary, Resorts Digital, won more than $34 million, up 20.5%, and the casino won nearly $229,000 in sports betting, about half of what it won one year earlier.

Tropicana earned $23.3 million from in-person players, down 4% from a year ago. He earned nearly $4.9 million online, down 32% from the previous year.

Caesars Interactive Entertainment NJ, affiliated with Caesars, Harrah’s and Tropicana, earned more than $9 million online, down nearly 11% from a year ago.

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