House winnings down at casinos

Belle only boat in BR to see its take rise

The Belle of Baton Rouge narrowly beat its year-ago riverboat casino winnings in April while its two competitors posted decreases exceeding 8 percent.

The Belle pulled in $5.03 million last month, a 0.2 percent gain from $5.02 million a year ago. Hollywood Baton Rouge’s winnings fell 9.1 percent to $6.4 million from $7.0 million, and L’Auberge dropped 8.1 percent to $11.3 million from $12.3 million a year ago, according to figures released by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

Overall, the market was down 6.7 percent to $22.7 million and joined New Orleans as the other riverboat casino market posting a decrease.

Lake Charles saw a gain, as did Shreveport-Bossier City, where a new riverboat bolstered that market.

Overall, the state’s 14 riverboats took in $137.3 million in April, 0.4 percent less a year ago.

All four of the racetrack slot casinos in the state declined, bringing in $30.9 million, or 5.6 percent less than a year ago.

The land-based Harrah’s casino in New Orleans won $26.7 million from gamblers in April, a 3.3 percent increase over the $25.8 million it pulled in a year ago.

Winnings for all the venues totaled $194.8 million in April, down 0.8 percent from last year.

Here are how other markets in the state fared in April:

NEW ORLEANS: Despite the gain in winnings at Harrah’s, overall gambling revenues in the Crescent City were down 4.8 percent. The land-based casino, three riverboats and slots at the Fair Grounds brought in $51.3 million in April, compared with $53.9 million that was won in April 2013.

The riverboats saw winnings drop by 13.4 percent to nearly $21.0 million from $24.3 million.

The racetrack slots brought in nearly $3.7 million, down from the nearly $3.8 million in winnings in April 2013.

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER: The addition of Margaritaville in the past year helped lift the riverboat market despite declines at the five other riverboat casinos there. The take in the market increased overall by 5.6 percent to $50.7 million last month. The Harrah’s Louisiana Downs racetrack slots in Bossier City dropped 18 percent to nearly $4.7 million from a year ago.

LAKE CHARLES: Its two riverboat casinos combined for a 3.9 percent increase to $42.9 million, thanks to a gain at L’Auberge that offset a drop in winnings at the Isle of Capri.

OTHER MARKETS: Delta Downs, in Vinton, was down by 0.9 percent to $15.1 million.

Evangeline Downs, in Opelousas, had a 6 percent loss to $7.4 million.