Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos brought in 8.9 percent more in February than they did the year before, thought the Belle of Baton Rouge was down slightly.
The riverboats’ combined winnings hit nearly $27.4 million in February, compared to more than $25.1 million in February 2014, according to figures released Thursday by State Police. This is the third month in a row the Baton Rouge market recorded a gain in winnings over the year before.
L’Auberge, the newest casino in the market, had the biggest gain in revenue, increasing from nearly $12.8 million in February 2014 to more than $14.9 million, a 17.1 percent boost. Once again, the riverboat brought in more than the combined revenue generated by the Belle of Baton Rouge and Hollywood Casino.
Hollywood Casino saw its winnings increase by 1.2 percent to nearly $6.8 million in February.
The Belle, the oldest casino in the market, had a modest drop in winnings to nearly $5.7 million, a 0.3 percent drop.
Statewide, the 15 riverboats, four racetrack slots casinos and Harrah’s land-based casino brought in $224.1 million in February, 6.8 percent better than the $209.7 million the gambling halls won the year before.
Winnings in the New Orleans casino market were down 6.7 percent in February when compared with the year before. The three riverboats, Harrah’s land-based casino and slots at the Fair Grounds brought in nearly $55.3 million. That compares with the nearly $59.3 million in winnings during February 2014.
A severe 19.4 percent drop in revenue at Harrah’s led to the overall decline. The downtown casino, which accounts for the biggest share of the Crescent City market, brought in $26.4 million in February, compared to nearly $32.8 million the year before.
Lake Charles, the biggest casino market in the state, saw its winnings increase by more than 28 percent from February 2014. The three riverboats and slots at the Delta Downs track bought in $69.8 million, compared to $54.5 million the year before.
The difference was inflated by the Golden Nugget Lake Charles, which opened in December. That casino brought in $14.1 million in February.
Shreveport-Bossier City was up 1 percent, with the six riverboat casinos and the slots at the Harrah’s racetrack bringing in $63.4 million.
The Opelousas market, represented by the slots at Evangeline Downs, was up by 1.7 percent to $8.2 million.
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