Gambling revenue down in N.O. despite gain at Harrah’s

Harrah’s only site that boosts its take

Overall gambling revenue in the New Orleans market dropped 4.8 percent in April, despite a gain in winnings at Harrah’s land-based casino.

The casino, three riverboats and slots at the Fair Grounds racetrack brought in $51.3 million in April, compared with $53.9 million won in April 2013, according to figures released by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

Harrah’s won $26.7 million from gamblers in April, a 3.3 percent increase over the $25.8 million it pulled in a year ago.

The city’s three riverboats saw winnings drop by 13.4 percent to nearly $21.0 million from $24.3 million. Boomtown New Orleans was down 16 percent in April to $9.1 million; Treasure Chest dropped 9.3 percent to $8.1 million; and the Amelia Belle fell 15.1 percent to $3.9 million compared with a year ago.

The racetrack slots brought in nearly $3.7 million, down 4.9 percent from the nearly $3.8 million in winnings in April 2013.

All four of the racetrack slot casinos in the state declined in April, bringing in $30.9 million, or 5.6 percent less than a year ago. Overall, the state’s 14 riverboats took in $137.3 million in April, 0.4 percent less than a year ago.

Statewide winnings for those venues plus the land-based casino totaled $194.8 million in April, down 0.8 percent from last year.

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

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

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. 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,

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’s slot winnings 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.