CALGARY — Gambling revenue in Alberta is a bust, and the province blames the recession.
The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission says overall, gaming revenue is down $1.3 billion from last year and Alberta’s lottery fund was down by $100 million.
The commission says people are cutting back on entertainment and that includes gambling.
Liquor sales bucked the trend and are up about $50 million from last year to just over $2 billion.
The Alberta Gaming Research Institute says the province is near the saturation point for gambling and the only place that has more casinos per capita is Nevada.