Winnings in the New Orleans casino market were up 1.7 percent in April when compared with the year before, with an increase in business at the three local riverboat casinos offsetting a drop in activity at Harrah’s land-based casino and the Fair Grounds.
The three riverboats, Harrah’s and slots at the Fair Grounds brought in $52.2 million, according to figures released earlier this week by State Police. That compares with the more than $51.3 million in winnings during April 2014.
While winnings at Harrah’s were down 4.4 percent to nearly $24.5 million and the Fair Grounds saw a 3.4 percent drop in year-to-year business to $3.5 million, the three local riverboat casinos were up 10.4 percent to $23.2 million.
The Treasure Chest was the big winner, with a 12.8 percent increase in winnings to nearly $9.1 million. Boomtown New Orleans also had a double-digit increase in winnings, going up 10.3 percent to just over $10 million. The Amelia Belle was up 5.9 percent to $4.1 million. Statewide, the 15 riverboats, four racetrack slots casinos and Harrah’s brought in nearly $220.6 million in April, 13.2 percent better than the $194.8 million the gambling halls won the year before.
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 to more than $22.7 million in April 2014. This is the fifth month in a row the Baton Rouge market recorded a gain in winnings over the year before.
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 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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