The Region's casinos began the year with across-the-board gains, collectively taking in $79.2 million in gambling revenue in January, up 4.2 percent from the same month a year ago.

A favorable calendar and good weather helped.

"January was very mild from a weather perspective, and had the benefit of five full weekends," said Matt Schuffert, senior vice president and general manager of Ameristar Casino in East Chicago.

"This calendar is about as good as you can have it," Horseshoe Casino Senior Vice President and General Manager Dan Nita said.

And, "usually we plan on having one weekend that's a washout" because of bad weather, and that didn't happen this January, Nita said.

Ameristar was up more than 6 percent in gambling win for the month, to $18.7 million. It has had year-over-year gains 14 out of the last 16 months, Schuffert noted.

"We've seen large growth in our table games business," he said.

Schuffert also said low gas prices help, by boosting consumers' discretionary income.

The Region's largest casino, Hammond's Horseshoe, recorded a 2.9 percent gain in gambling win to $35.1 million, about $1 million more than January 2015.

And, "our February has gotten off to a good start," Nita said.

Casino admissions were up across the Region, to 830,231 this January from 823,374 in January 2015. That gain was carried by Blue Chip and Horseshoe. Others saw slight drops, though gaming revenue still rose.

"We're getting more revenue per visit from our guests," Schuffert noted.

That's been typical recently, Horseshoe's Nita said, as some slot machine players visit "strip mall casinos" in Illinois, where video gambling machines are legal in businesses other than traditional casinos.

Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City showed the highest percentage revenue gain in January, jumping 7.1 percent to $12.6 million. The two Majestic Star boats combined for $12.8 million in gaming revenue, up 2.4 percent from a year ago.

Statewide, Indiana's 13 casinos had $179.5 million in gambling win, up 1.76 percent from last year's $176.4 million.