Gambling way down

CALGARY — Gambling revenue in Alberta is a bust, and the province blames the recession.

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.

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