Casino winnings at two of Baton Rouge’s three riverboats dropped in January, taking the market down by 1.3 percent to $22.8 million in a statewide trend.
The casino winnings compare with almost $23.1 million during January 2015, according to figures released by Louisiana State Police.
Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge was the only property to see its winnings increase year over year. The downtown riverboat brought in just over $5.3 million, a modest 0.2 percent gain over the nearly $5.3 million the casino won the year before.
Winnings at the Belle of Baton Rouge, the city’s oldest riverboat, dropped by 2.8 percent in January to almost $4.2 million from nearly $4.4 million in 2015.
L’Auberge Baton Rouge brought in nearly $12.8 million, a 1.3 percent drop from the $12.9 million.
Winnings in every market were down from the previous year, as just a handful of properties brought in more money than they did in January 2015.
Statewide, the 15 riverboats, four racetrack slots casinos and Harrah’s New Orleans casino brought in a combined $207.1 million, a 5.8 percent drop from January 2015’s $219.9 million.
The biggest percentage decrease happened in Lake Charles, where the winnings at the city’s three riverboats and Delta Downs racetrack were $71.3 million, an 8.9 percent drop from $78.2 million.
Winnings in New Orleans were down 7.1 percent, despite a 4.2 percent increase in winnings at the Boomtown New Orleans and Treasure Chest riverboats in Jefferson Parish. Those casinos have benefitted from the New Orleans smoking ban.
Harrah’s land-based casino was down more than 14 percent to $22.5 million from $26.2 million the year before.
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