Winnings at the Capital City’s three riverboats were up 4.1 percent in February, thanks to continued growth at L’Auberge and the Belle of Baton Rouge.
Those gains offset a revenue drop at Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge.
Statewide gambling winnings were $209.7 million in February, according to figures released Wednesday by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.
That compares with $206.6 million a year ago, a 1.5 percent increase.
The 14 riverboat casinos won nearly $142.6 million in February, 2.1 percent more than the $139.7 million won at 13 casinos in February 2013. The Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City, which opened in June, brought in nearly $10 million during the month.
BATON ROUGE: L’Auberge brought in nearly $12.8 million during the month, compared with nearly $11.7 million in February 2013, a 9.4 percent increase.
The Belle of Baton Rouge had an even larger gain. The oldest casino in the Baton Rouge market won nearly $5.7 million during the month, 16.3 percent more than the nearly $4.9 million won in February 2013.
Hollywood, which has been hardest hit by the arrival of L’Auberge Baton Rouge, had an 11.8 percent drop in winnings. The casino brought in nearly $6.7 million in February, down from nearly $7.6 million in February 2013.
NEW ORLEANS: The Crescent City had a tough comparison with February 2013, which was boosted by the Super Bowl. Winnings at Harrah’s, the three riverboat casinos and the slots at the Fair Grounds last month were $59.3 million, down 2.6 percent from the $60.9 million that was won in February 2013.
Harrah’s actually saw a 3.5 percent gain in winnings to nearly $32.8 million from $31.7 million in February 2013. The riverboats saw winnings drop by 10.6 percent to $22 million from $24.6 million.
The slots at the Fair Grounds brought in nearly $4.5 million, down from the $4.6 million in winnings in February 2013.
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER: With a sixth riverboat casino in its fleet last year compared with 2013, the take jumped 4.8 percent to nearly $57.3 million. The Harrah’s Louisiana Downs racetrack in Bossier City dropped 10.2 percent to $5.5 million.
LAKE CHARLES: Its two riverboat casinos combined for a 4.9 percent gain to $38 million.
OTHER MARKETS: Evangeline Downs in Opelousas had a modest 0.6 percent gain to $8 million. Delta Downs in Vinton was down by an even smaller percentage, falling 0.3 percent to $16.4 million.