2010 win of $2.39 billion is down nearly 3 percent from previous year

Mississippi’s state-licensed casinos won $2.39 billion from players in 2010 - a nearly 3 percent drop from what gamblers lost in 2009.

An Associated Press report said business was down slightly in December with casinos taking in $184.6 million compared to $185 million on December 2009, according to figures reported Friday by the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

In 2009, casino winnings totaled $2.46 billion.

The year-to-year drop was typical for most states with casinos, although there have been signs of post-recession life in some areas - and the bottom dropping out in others.

The take from gamblers at Mississippi’s 30 casinos does not include the state’s Indian tribal casinos, which are not required to report their winnings to the public.