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A view of the Atlantic City Skyline. June 6, 2016. (The Press of Atlantic City/ Viviana Pernot)

Viviana Pernot

ATLANTIC CITY — Gaming revenue at the city’s eight brick-and-mortar casinos fell nearly 7 percent this August compared with a year ago, led by a huge slide at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, according to state figures released Wednesday.

Taj Mahal revenues plummeted more than 27 percent — a more than $5 million loss — amid the announced closure of the property in October and an ongoing, 11-week strike by Unite Here Local 54.

Gambling officials attributed some of the citywide drop to August having one fewer weekend than August 2015 did.

Revenues at casinos in August totaled $229.8 million, compared with $246.4 million in August 2015, according to the state Department of Gaming Enforcement.

Table games revenues had the sharpest drop, about 10 percent.

Brick-and-mortar gaming revenues from January to August are up slightly over a year ago — less than 1 percent.

But growth in Internet gaming helped lessen the August declines. The Internet gambling win was up 32 percent in August from a year ago.

When including brick-and-mortar gambling and Internet revenues, the total gaming win is up about 2 percent through the first eight months of the year.

“August had an unfavorable calendar and revenues were down compared to last August. But total gaming win is still 2 percent higher than it was at this point last year,” said Matthew B. Levinson, chairman and CEO for the state Casino Control Commission. “Everyone knows that weekends are the busiest time in Atlantic City, and August of 2015 had one more Saturday and one more Sunday than this year.”

Revenues at Taj Mahal dropped from $18.9 million in August 2015 to $13.7 million last month.

Unite Here Local 54 strikers have protested outside the Taj Mahal since July 1, and it was unclear how that labor unrest affected revenues.

On Aug. 5, employees of the casino were given state-mandated layoff notices that the property would close Oct. 10. They include the more than 1,000 Local 54 members — cooks, housekeepers, bellmen, bartenders, cocktail servers and other service workers — who have been on strike.

Of the city’s eight casinos, only Tropicana Atlantic City and Golden Nugget Atlantic City saw an increase in August over last year.

Golden Nugget’s revenue increased more than 1 percent from $20.1 in August 2015 to $20.4 million in August 2016. Tropicana Atlantic City saw an increase of more than 6 percent from $28.3 million in August 2015 to $30 million in August 2016.

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