The New Orleans gambling market was virtually unchanged in June compared to the year before, despite a big month at the Harrah’s land-based casino.
Statewide, 14 riverboats, four racetrack casinos and Harrah’s land-based casino combined brought in $203.5 million in June, slightly better than the $202.4 million the year before. That snapped a three-month streak when the state’s gambling winnings were down.
The three riverboats in the New Orleans market, Harrah’s and the slots at the Fair Grounds brought in nearly $54.5 million last month, according to figures released Thursday by Louisiana State Police. That’s slightly better than the $54.3 million that the gambling establishments won in June 2013.
Winnings at Harrah’s were up 10.3 percent to reach nearly $30 million. But the three riverboat casinos saw winnings drop by 10.7 percent to $20.9 million. Boomtown New Orleans saw the biggest drop in activity, with winnings falling by 15.2 percent to $9 million. Amelia Belle and Treasure Chest both had a 7 percent drop in winnings.
Winnings at the Fair Grounds slots fell by 3.2 percent to $3.6 million.
Even though the gain was modest, this was the first time this year that the New Orleans casino market brought in more money than in 2013. The city hosted the Super Bowl in February 2013, so the comparison has been tough.
The New Orleans market gain, though slight, was joined by a strong showing in Lake Charles as the only two Louisiana markets with increased revenue — good enough to offset decreases in the Baton Rouge and Shreveport-Bossier City markets.
The two riverboats in Lake Charles surged 13.5 percent, while the Delta Downs racetrack slots there took a slight dip.
Decreases exceeded 4 percent in both Baton Rouge, with three riverboats, and Shreveport-City, with six riverboats and slots at the Harrah’s racetrack.
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