Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos brought in 6.2 percent more in April than they did the year before, despite a drop in business at Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge.
The riverboats’ combined winnings was more than $24.1 million in April, compared with more than $22.7 million in April 2014, according to figures released earlier this week by State Police. This is the fifth 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 more than $11.3 million in April 2014 to more than $12.7 million, a 12.7 percent boost. Once again, the riverboat brought in more than the combined revenue generated by the Belle of Baton Rouge and Hollywood Casino.
The Belle, the oldest casino in the market, saw its winnings increase by 4.4 percent to nearly $5.3 million.
Hollywood Casino saw its winnings drop by 3.9 percent to slightly more than $6.1 million in April.
Statewide, the 15 riverboats, four racetrack slots casinos and Harrah’s land-based casino brought in nearly $220.6 million in April, 13.2 percent better than the $194.8 million the gambling halls won the year before.
Winnings in the New Orleans casino market were up 1.7 percent in April when compared with the year before. The three riverboats, Harrah’s land-based casino and slots at the Fair Grounds brought in $52.2 million. That compares with the more than $51.3 million in winnings during April 2014.
While winnings at Harrah’s and the Fair Grounds were down, the three local riverboat casinos were up 10.4 percent to $23.2 million.
Lake Charles, the biggest casino market in the state, saw its winnings increase by 29.4 percent from April 2014. The three riverboats and slots at the Delta Downs track bought in $75.0 million, compared to $57.9 million the year before.
The difference was inflated by the Golden Nugget Lake Charles, which opened in December. That casino brought in $17.7 million in April.
Shreveport-Bossier City was up 10.2 percent, with the six riverboat casinos and the slots at the Harrah’s racetrack bringing in $61 million. The improved performance happened despite business at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs plunging by 28.5 percent to nearly $3.4 million.
The Opelousas market, represented by the slots at Evangeline Downs, was up by 10.4 percent to $8.2 million.
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