The New Orleans casino market saw its winnings drop by 7.3 percent in November when compared with the year before.
The three riverboats, Harrah’s land-based casino and slots at the Fair Grounds brought in $51.4 million during the month, according to figures released Thursday by State Police. That compares with the nearly $55.5 million in winnings during November 2013.
The lone bright spot was Treasure Chest, which brought in $7.9 million in November, a 4 percent gain over the year before.
Harrah’s, which accounts for the biggest share of the local casino market, was the biggest loser. The land-based casino brought in $26.8 million in November, down 13.6 percent from a year earlier.
Winnings at Boomtown New Orleans were virtually unchanged when compared with the year before. The riverboat brought in $8.89 million last year and $8.87 million in November. The Amelia Belle riverboat had a 2.6 percent drop in winnings, falling to nearly $4.1 million after bringing in almost $4.2 million in November 2013.
The slots at the Fair Grounds racetrack were down 0.7 percent, to $3.69 million, after bringing in $3.72 million the year before.
Statewide, the 14 riverboats, four racetrack slot casinos and Harrah’s brought in nearly $195.1 million in November, 5.5 percent worse than the $206.5 million the gambling establishments won the year before.
Winnings at Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos plunged in November, dropping 10.1 percent from November’s total of $24.2 million to $21.7 million.
L’Auberge, the newest casino in the market, had the biggest drop in revenue, falling from $13.4 million in November 2013 to $11.7 million, a 12.6 percent drop. The riverboat still brought in more than the combined revenue generated by the Belle of Baton Rouge and Hollywood Casino.
The Belle, the oldest casino in the market, fared the best in November when compared with the year before. The downtown casino brought in nearly $4.8 million in November, down 3.4 percent from the $4.9 million it generated in 2013.
Lake Charles was the only casino market in the state to post a gain in November, with winnings at the two riverboats and Delta Downs slots going up by 3 percent from $56.9 million to $58.6 million.
The city should post a similarly strong performance in December because the Golden Nugget riverboat casino opened for business last week.
Shreveport-Bossier City was down 10 percent, with the six riverboat casinos and the slots at the Harrah’s racetrack bringing in $56.3 million.
The Opelousas market, represented by the slots at Evangeline Downs, was down by 4.5 percent to $7.1 million.
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