Casinos’ winnings in the New Orleans market dropped 8.1 percent in October compared to last year, with declines posted at the Harrah’s land-based casino, two of three riverboats and the Fair Grounds racetrack casino.
Total casino winnings in the market fell to $50.3 million from $54.7 million a year ago, figures released Thursday by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board show.
Harrah’s took $25.9 million from gamblers in October, 9 percent less than last year.
The Fair Grounds dropped 5.8 percent to $3.7 million.
Riverboat revenue dipped 7.5 percent to $20.6 million. Treasure Chest skidded 12 percent to $7.4 million and Boomtown New Orleans slipped 7.4 percent to $9.2 million. The Amelia Belle in Morgan City gained 1.8 percent to $4.1 million.
Statewide, gambling revenue from riverboats, racetrack casinos and the land-based Harrah’s casino totaled $187.3 million, a 1.3 percent increase from October 2012. Only the riverboat revenue was up over 2012.
The state’s 14 riverboat casinos, one more than a year ago in the Shreveport-Bossier market, combined for a 5 percent gain to $132.3 million in October.
The state’s four racetrack casinos took $29.1 million from gamblers in October, 4.1 percent less than a year ago. Evangeline Downs in Opelousas bucked the trend with a slight 0.1 percent gain to $7.1 million. In addition to the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, declines were posted by Delta Downs in Venton, 1.9 percent to $13.7 million, and Harrah’s Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, 14.1 percent to $4.6 million.
The Baton Rouge riverboat market joined New Orleans as the only two markets in the state with lower winnings in October.
Riverboat casinos’ winnings dropped 5.8 percent in the Baton Rouge market to $21.4 million in October, with L’Auberge and Hollywood Casino slipping while the Belle of Baton Rouge posted a gain.
L’Auberge continued to rake in more than the Belle and Hollywood Casino combined. However, L’Auberge’s revenue dipped 1.7 percent to $11.0 million in October. Hollywood Casino dropped 19.3 percent to $5.6 million. The Belle increased its winnings by 4.4 percent to $4.8 million.
October marked the second month of year-over-year comparisons with Baton Rouge as a three-boat market.
Shreveport-Bossier City — with a sixth riverboat casino in its fleet this year compared to last year — jumped 15.9 percent to $52.3 million.
The two riverboat casinos in Lake Charles combined for a 5.8 percent gain to $38.0 million.