Winnings at Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos fell by a combined 5.8 percent in February, as all but one of the state’s gambling markets saw revenues fall from the year before.
Lake Charles was the exception.
The three gambling boats in the capital city brought in nearly $25.8 million during the month, according to figures released Monday by Louisiana State Police. That’s down from $27.4 million in February 2015.
Hollywood Casino had the biggest decline, with winnings falling by 9.5 percent from nearly $6.8 million in February 2015 to $6.1 million. L’Auberge had a 4.8 percent drop from $14.9 million to $14.2 million. The Belle of Baton Rouge dropped 4.1 percent from $5.7 million to $5.4 million.
Statewide, the 15 riverboats, four racetrack slots casinos and Harrah’s New Orleans land-based casino brought in $223.3 million during February, a 0.4 percent drop from the $224.1 million the casinos won a year earlier.
The New Orleans casino market saw its winnings fall by 4 percent in February. The three riverboats, slots at the Fair Grounds and Harrah’s brought in $53.1 million during the month, compared with nearly $55.3 million in winnings during February 2015. Winnings at all of the gambling establishments fell, but the biggest decline happened at the Fair Grounds, where the total dropped by 9.5 percent to nearly $4.2 million.
Lake Charles, the state’s largest casino market, saw its winnings go up by 5.9 percent, making it the only market to show year-to-year improvement. The three riverboats and slots at Delta Downs racetrack slots brought in $73.9 million, compared with nearly $70 million the year before.
The Opelousas market, represented by the slots at Evangeline Downs, was down 8.9 percent to $7.4 million.
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