Gambling revenue up in BR, dips in N.O.

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Gambling winnings in Baton Rouge and statewide were up in November, but the New Orleans market posted a slight drop during the month.

The New Orleans market, which includes riverboats, a racetrack casino and the land-based Harrah’s casino, had winnings of $55.45 million in November, according to figures released Thursday by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. For the same period a year ago, New Orleans gambling establishments brought in $55.49 million.

Statewide gambling winnings were $206.5 million in November, compared with nearly $193 million a year ago, a nearly 7 percent increase. While the state has one more riverboat casino than in November 2012, there still would have been a year-to-year increase even without the Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City.

The 14 riverboat casinos won $144.1 million in November, 8.6 percent more than the nearly $132.7 million won at 13 casinos in November 2012. Margaritaville, which opened in June, brought in nearly $10 million during the month.

BATON ROUGE: Winnings at the Capital City’s three riverboats were up 4.8 percent in November.

L’Auberge continued to bring in more money than the Belle of Baton Rouge and Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge combined. L’Auberge brought in $13.4 million during the month, compared with nearly $11.6 million in November 2012, a 16 percent increase.

The Belle, the oldest casino in the Baton Rouge market, also saw an increase in winnings, going from nearly $4.6 million in November 2012 to $4.9 million, an 8.4 percent increase.

Hollywood, which has been hardest hit by L’Auberge’s arrival, saw a drop in business. It fell from $6.9 million in November 2012 to nearly $5.8 million in winnings, a 16.4 percent drop.

NEW ORLEANS: While winnings at Harrah’s were up in November, there was a drop in action at the Crescent City’s three riverboat casinos and the slots at the Fair Grounds.

Harrah’s brought in $31 million during November, an 8.8 percent increase over the $28.5 million won the year before.

The riverboats brought in nearly $20.7 million during the month, a 9.8 drop from the $22.9 million the properties won in November 2012. Boomtown fell 13.2 percent from $10.2 million to nearly $8.9 million. Treasure Chest fell by 12.6 percent from $8.7 million to $7.6 million.

But the Amelia Belle actually saw a 5 percent increase in business. The Morgan City casino brought in nearly $4.2 million during November, compared with almost $4 million a year earlier.

The Fair Grounds slots generated $3.7 million in winnings during the month, a 7.3 percent drop from the $4 million in November 2012.

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER: With a sixth riverboat casino in its fleet this year compared with last year, the take jumped 12.7 percent to $57.9 million. The Harrah’s Louisiana Downs racetrack in Bossier City dropped 15 percent to $4.7 million.

LAKE CHARLES: Its two riverboat casinos combined for a 17.1 percent gain to nearly $41.4 million.

Among the other racetracks in the state, Delta Downs in Vinton bucked the group’s downward trend with a 5.6 gain to nearly $15.5 million. Evangeline Downs in Opelousas had a slight 0.8 percent decrease, falling to $7.4 million.