Winnings in the New Orleans casino market dropped by 2.5 percent in August when compared with the year before, snapping a two-month string of topping 2013 numbers.
The three riverboats, Harrah’s land-based casino and slots at the Fair Grounds brought in $52.9 million, according to figures released Thursday by Louisiana State Police. That compares with the $54.2 million in winnings brought in during August 2013.
Winnings at the three riverboat casinos in the market fell by 1.9 percent to nearly $22.2 million. The only casino to bring in more money during August than the year before was the Treasure Chest, which had a 1.6 percent gain to reach $8.3 million. Boomtown was down 4.2 percent to $9.4 million, while Amelia Belle posted a 3.3 percent decline to $4.4 million.
Harrah’s, which had posted a couple of strong months in a row, saw its winnings fall by 2.4 percent to $27.7 million. The decline at the Fair Grounds was even worse, falling by 6 percent to $3.6 million.
Statewide, the 14 riverboats, four racetrack casinos and Harrah’s land-based casino brought in nearly $217.8 million in August, 1.2 percent better than the $215.1 million last year.
Shreveport-Bossier City was the biggest gainer, with the six riverboat casinos and the slots at the Harrah’s racetrack bringing in $71.2 million. That was a 6.4 percent increase over August 2013.
The Baton Rouge market had a modest 0.4 percent gain in August to top $24.4 million. Winnings at the Belle of Baton Rouge were up 5.5 percent in August 2013 to nearly $5.4 million. L’Auberge, which dominates the Baton Rouge market, had a 0.5 percent gain in revenue, going from nearly $13.17 million in August 2013 to almost $13.23 million.
The two riverboats in Lake Charles dipped 2.3 percent to $44.5 million. The Delta Downs racetrack in Vinton posted a 6.1 percent gain.
The Opelousas market, represented by the slots at Evangeline Downs, was down by 4.4 percent.
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