Winnings at Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos rose in January, going up by 8.6 percent from what they brought in during January 2014.
The riverboats brought in $23.1 million in January, compared with almost $21.3 million in January 2014, according to figures released Thursday by State Police. This is the second 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 $11.5 million in January 2014 to $12.9 million, a 13 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, brought in $4.8 million in January, up 5.5 percent.
Hollywood Casino had the smallest increase, going up by 1.6 percent in winnings to nearly $5.3 million in January.
Statewide, the 15 riverboats, four racetrack slot casinos and Harrah’s land-based casino brought in nearly $219.9 million in January, 16.7 percent better than the nearly $188.5 million the gambling halls won the year before.
However, January’s numbers were inflated by the Golden Nugget Lake Charles, which opened in December. Taking out the $23.2 million take from the Golden Nugget, state casinos would have brought in nearly $196.7 million.
The Golden Nugget helped make Lake Charles the largest casino market in the state, with more than $78.2 million in winnings coming from the three riverboats and Delta Downs slots. That was more than 50 percent above what the market brought in during January 2014.
Winnings in the New Orleans casino market were up by 2.5 percent in January when compared with the year before. The three riverboats, Harrah’s land-based casino and slots at the Fair Grounds brought in $51.4 million. That compares with the nearly $50.2 million in winnings during January 2014.
The gain happened despite a 2.2 percent drop in winnings at Harrah’s, which accounts for the biggest share of the Crescent City casino market. The casino took in $26.2 percent in January, compared to $26.8 million the year before.
The Opelousas market, represented by the slots at Evangeline Downs, was up by 14.9 percent to $7.7 million.
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