Casino winnings rise in BR, statewide

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.