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Gaming by the numbers: the popularity of casino table games

The UNLV Center for Gaming Research recently published a study detailing the popularity of casino table games over more than 20 years. Here are the numbers you need to know:

23.62%

In 1985, blackjack accounted for more than 50 percent of the money Vegas casinos took in from table games. By 2012, it was down to 23.62 percent.

9%

Craps is down, too. The dice game dropped from 28.04 percent of table profits in 1985 to 8.89 percent in 2012.

43.88%

Baccarat made up the difference. Its 2012 table revenues are more than triple its take from 1985, at 43.88 percent.

10.02%

Baccarat is responsible for nearly half of casinos’ floor game profits, but accounts for just 10.02 percent of the real estate. Blackjack, meanwhile, consumes over half of table-game space. (Come on, blackjack, pull your weight!)

.2%

From 1989 to 1993, Red Dog took in .2 percent of table game revenues. What the hell is Red Dog?!

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