Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos brought in slightly more money in August than they did the year before, thanks to gains at the Belle of Baton Rouge and L’Auberge.
The riverboats brought in just over $24.4 million in August, compared with just over $24.3 million in August 2013, a 0.4 percent gain, according to figures released Thursday by the Louisiana State Police. This is the second month in a row the local riverboats posted a modest gain in winnings over the year before.
Winnings at the Belle, the city’s oldest riverboat, were up by 5.5 percent over August 2013, to nearly $5.4 million.
L’Auberge, which dominates the Baton Rouge market, had a 0.5 percent gain in revenues, going from nearly $13.17 million in August 2013 to almost $13.23 million.
Hollywood Casino posted a 4.3 percent drop in revenue, falling from $6 million to almost $5.8 million.
Statewide, the 14 riverboats, four racetrack casinos and Harrah’s land-based casino brought in nearly $217.8 million in August, 1.2 percent better than the $215.1 million last year.
The gain came despite a drop in business in the New Orleans casino market, which was down 2.5 percent for the month to $52.9 million. Winnings at the three riverboat casinos in the market fell by 1.9 percent to nearly $22.2 million. The decline was even worse at the Harrah’s land-based casino, which was down 2.4 percent to $27.2 million after a couple of strong months, and at the Fair Grounds, where the winnings fell by 6 percent to $3.6 million.
Shreveport-Bossier City was the biggest gainer, with the six riverboat casinos and the slots at the Harrah’s racetrack bringing in $71.2 million. That was a 6.4 percent increase over August 2013.
The two riverboats in Lake Charles dipped 2.3 percent to $44.5 million. The Delta Downs racetrack in Vinton posted a 6.1 percent gain.
The Opelousas market, represented by the slots at Evangeline Downs, was down by 4.4 percent.
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