All that said, no matter which proposal the commission approved, the decision was going to be better for the new casino owners than for the state. That's already been the case with the state's expansion into table games. Total gambling revenue in November was up about $20.4 million over the same time in 2012 (factoring out Rocky Gap, which was not yet open a year ago). Of that new revenue, the state got $3.8 million, and the casinos got $16.6 million. When MGM is fully operational, existing casinos will have the chance to lower the tax rate they pay on slots further, tilting the deal even more in the gambling industry's favor. We have clearly reached (if not exceeded) the point of diminishing returns, and unless something fundamental changes, this new gambling license should be the state's last.