he addition of table games increased revenue by an average of us$ 4.7 million each month. Revenue from slots also increased from a monthly average of us$ 18.78 million in 2009 to us$ 21.55 million in 2010. December was the most successful month for table games. With a total of 91 tables, the casino reported a gross revenue of us$ 6.8 million for the month.
As of January 23, us$ 14.8 million of slot machine revenue had been reported for the month, making it the third-busiest casino in Pennsylvania, according to figures released by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Officials from Las Vegas Sands have regularly cited a 17-month period until casinos typically reach their full operating ability. The Bethlehem Sands reached its 17-month mark in October.
When students were asked about the increase in revenue, they attributed it to several factors. However, the casino's popularity amongst Lehigh students may not be growing as quickly as revenue numbers. Many students said they had not yet gone to the Sands because of the age restriction. However, students are positive about the effects the Sands will have on Bethlehem.
A 300-room hotel is set to open at the casino around the time of Memorial Day this year. The installation of table games was expected to bring us$ 320 million in tax revenue. Statewide casino revenue increased in all but three of the past 25 months. There are ten casinos in the state of Pennsylvania.