Winnings by casinos in the Baton Rouge market were down by 0.2% in August from a year ago, a narrow revenue drop that extended the market’s losing streak to two years.
The state's 15 riverboat casinos, four racinos and land-based casino generated a 2.7% gain to $217.7 million in winnings in August from $212 million a year ago, according to figures released Thursday by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. Casino winnings were boosted by August having five Saturdays; business at gambling halls traditionally goes up on the weekend.
Video poker winnings were up 4.8% during that same period to $52.1 million from nearly $49.8 million.
Winnings at Baton Rouge's three riverboats dropped from $20.2 million to $20.1 million. The market hasn't posted a year-to-year increase in casino revenue since August 2017. The narrow loss was due to a big drop in business at the Belle of Baton Rouge. Revenue at the Belle, the oldest riverboat in the city, fell 24.2% from $3.1 million to $2.4 million. L'Auberge Baton Rouge was up 4.5% to $13.2 million. Hollywood Casino revenue was up by 3.2% to $4.5 million.
Casino winnings in the New Orleans gambling market were up 1.8% from $49.6 million to $50.5 million.
The slots at the Fair Grounds racetrack had the best performance, posting a 4% revenue gain from $3.5 million to $3.7 million.
The Harrah's land-based casino posted $23.3 million in winnings in August, 1.7% more than the $22.9 million from August 2018.
The three riverboats also had a 1.7% gain in revenue to $23.5 million from $23.1 million. The Amelia Belle in Amelia had the biggest gain, going up 2.4% from $3.9 million to $4 million. Boomtown New Orleans had a 2.3% gain to $10.1 million. Treasure Chest had a 0.7% gain to $9.4 million.
In other markets, Acadiana, which is represented by the Evangeline Downs racetrack, was up 8% to $7 million. Shreveport-Bossier City, which has the most riverboats of any market along with the Harrah's Louisiana Downs track, was up 5.1% to $59.3 million. Casino revenue at Lake Charles' three riverboats and slots at the Delta Downs racetrack was up by 1.8% to $80.7 million.