The New Orleans casino market saw its winnings increase by 10.7 percent in March, compared to the year before, a growth rate that outstripped the gains posted by the state.
The state's 15 riverboat casinos, four racinos and land-based casino generated nearly $254.6 million in revenue during March, according to figures released Monday by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. That was 8.5 percent ahead of the $234.7 million generated in March 2017. Video poker revenue was up 3.7 percent during that same period to $58.6 million from $50.1 million in March 2017.
In New Orleans, gambling revenue increased from $51.2 million to $56.7 million. Improved business at Harrah's contributed to the gains. The land-based casino posted $26.8 million in winnings during March, 23.7 percent more than the $21.7 million it brought in during March 2017. Winnings at the Fair Grounds racetrack were up by 3.7 percent to $4.5 million.
The Crescent City's three riverboats had a modest gain in winnings during the month of 0.8 percent to $25.4 million. The Amelia Belle in Amelia was the biggest winner, going up by 7.3 percent to nearly $4.2 million. Treasure Chest was up by 0.7 percent to $10 million. Boomtown New Orleans was down 1.4 percent to $11.1 million.
Baton Rouge had the worst performance of any of the state’s gambling markets, dropping by 8.4 percent in March. Hollywood Casino had the biggest drop in revenue, falling by 14.5 percent to $6.2 million from $7.2 million in March 2017. The Belle of Baton Rouge, the oldest riverboat in the city, was down by 8.6 percent to $5.3 million in winnings. L’Auberge Baton Rouge, the biggest casino in the market, saw its winnings fall by 5.8 percent to $15.9 million from $16.9 million.
In other markets, casino winnings at Lake Charles' three riverboats and slots at the Delta Downs racetrack was up by 16.3 percent to $93 million. Shreveport-Bossier City, which has the most riverboats of any market along with the Harrah's Louisiana Downs track, was up 1.5 percent to $67.3 million. And Acadiana, which includes the Evangeline Downs race track, was up 11.1 percent to $8.1 million.