Harrah’s New Orleans bucked a statewide 3.5 percent downturn in casino winnings in March, but not enough to offset a decline by the Crescent City’s riverboat casinos and racetrack slots.
Harrah’s posted winnings of $32.6 million in March, a 3.2 percent, million-dollar gain from a year ago, according to figures released Thursday by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.
The Fair Grounds racetrack slots pulled in $4.8 million, a 1.3 percent dip. The three riverboat casinos in the New Orleans market dropped 4.3 percent to $25.5 million.
The Amelia Belle riverboat casino slipped 2.1 percent to $5.1 million. Boomtown New Orleans fell 7.9 percent to $10.9 million. Treasure Chest edged down 0.9 percent to $9.5 million.
Statewide, winnings from the state’s 14 riverboats, slots at four racetracks and the Harrah’s land-based casino totaled $224.1 million, a 3.5 percent decline from $232.2 million a year ago.
Statewide, riverboat casino winnings dipped 4.3 percent to $154.4 million as all four riverboat markets in the state posted declines. The state’s four racetrack slot casinos dipped 5.6 percent to $37.0 million.
Wade Duty, executive director of the Louisiana Casino Association, a trade group for riverboats, said he didn’t have an explanation for the year-to-year drop in revenue. “March is usually a decent month,” he said.
Duty noted that Mississippi casino revenue also was down in March. Mississippi casino revenues dropped from $214.1 million in March 2013 to nearly $208.2 million, according to figures from the Mississippi Gaming Commission.
Here are how other markets in the state fared in March:
BATON ROUGE: The Belle of Baton Rouge bucked the statewide decline in riverboat gambling revenue in March, but not enough to offset a nearly 10 percent drop for the Baton Rouge market. Revenue fell to $26 million in March from $28.8 million a year ago, the biggest percentage decline among the state’s four riverboat gambling markets.
The Belle increased its winnings by 5.3 percent to $5.9 million in March from $5.6 million a year ago. Hollywood Baton Rouge dropped 15 percent to $6.8 million from $8 million, while L’Auberge Baton Rouge fell 11.9 percent to $13.3 million from $15.1 million.
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER: Despite a sixth riverboat casino in its fleet last year compared with 2013, the take dropped 0.2 percent to $60.7 million. The Harrah’s Louisiana Downs racetrack in Bossier City dropped 8 percent to nearly $6.1 million.
LAKE CHARLES: Its two riverboat casinos combined for a 6.2 percent drop to almost $42.3 million.
OTHER MARKETS: Delta Downs in Vinton was down by 6.8 percent to $17.6 million. Evangeline Downs in Opelousas had a 3.7 percent decrease to $8.5 million.