Gambling winnings in Baton Rouge and statewide dropped in December.
Winnings at the Capital City’s three riverboats were down 1.7 percent in December, but those numbers are attributable to a drop in business at Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge.
Statewide gambling winnings were $202.2 million in December, according to figures released Thursday by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. That compares with nearly $211.4 million a year ago, a 4.4 percent increase.
The state has one more riverboat casino than it did in December 2012, so the drop-off would have been more dramatic if not for the Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City.
The 14 riverboat casinos won nearly $143.1 million in December, 0.3 percent less than the nearly $143.5 million won at 13 casinos in December 2012. Margaritaville, which opened in June, brought in nearly $9 million during the month.
BATON ROUGE: Hollywood, which has been hardest hit by the arrival of L’Auberge, had an 18.7 percent drop in winnings. The casino brought in nearly $5.8 million in December, down from $7.1 million in December 2012.
L’Auberge brought in nearly $11.9 million during the month, compared with nearly $11.0 million in December 2012, an 8.3 percent increase.
The Belle of Baton Rouge, the oldest casino in the Baton Rouge market, saw a modest increase in winnings, going from $4.87 million in December 2012 to nearly $4.91 million, a 0.7 percent increase.
NEW ORLEANS: Winnings at Harrah’s, the Crescent City’s three riverboat casinos and the slots at the Fair Grounds all fell by double digits in December. Winnings totaled $52.7 million in December, down from $62.1 million in December 2012.
Harrah’s brought in nearly $28.5 million in December, a 17.8 percent drop from the nearly $34.7 million won the year before.
The riverboats brought in $20.6 million during the month, an 11.5 percent drop from the nearly $23.3 million the properties won in December 2012. Treasure Chest fell by 16 percent, from $8.8 million to $7.4 million. Boomtown was down 11.8 percent from $10.3 million to nearly $9.1 million.
The Amelia Belle had the smallest decline in business, dropping 1.2 percent. The Morgan City casino brought in $4.09 million during December, compared with nearly $4.14 million a year earlier.
The Fair Grounds slots generated $3.6 million in winnings during the month, a 12.8 percent drop from the nearly $4.2 million in December 2012.
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER: With a sixth riverboat casino in its fleet last year compared with 2012, the take jumped 1.8 percent to $54.6 million. The Harrah’s Louisiana Downs racetrack in Bossier City dropped 17.1 percent to nearly $4.8 million.
LAKE CHARLES: Its two riverboat casinos combined for a 3.81 percent gain to nearly $45.3 million.
OTHER MARKETS: Among the other racetracks in the state, Delta Downs in Vinton was down 4.7 percent to $14.6 million. Evangeline Downs in Opelousas had a slightly larger decrease, falling 4.8 percent to $7.5 million.