December gambling revenue down

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.