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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:


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.


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


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


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!)


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

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