L’Auberge again tops half of BR casino market

L’Auberge Baton Rouge casino pulled in $12.9 million in July, again accounting for more than half the revenue in the metro-area casino market, according to figures released by the state Gaming Control Board.

The Belle of Baton Rouge reported $4.9 million in winnings, down $1.3 million, or 20.6 percent from July 2012. Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge had $6.3 million in winnings, down $3.8 million, or 37.9 percent, from a year earlier. It was the largest percentage drop in winnings statewide.

The Baton Rouge casinos took in $24 million in July, an increase of 47.7 percent compared to a year ago when Baton Rouge was a two-boat market. L’Auberge opened in September.

L’Auberge had 148,501 admissions in July. The Belle had 77,396 admissions, compared with 106,357 a year ago. Hollywood Casino had 72,991 admissions in July, compared with 105,436 a year earlier.

Altogether, Louisiana’s riverboats increased their haul to $153.6 million, an increase of $14.9 million, or 10.8 percent, from a year ago.

NEW ORLEANS: Harrah’s New Orleans Casino saw winnings rise to $25.4 million in July, up $1.4 million. The state’s only land-based casino had 457,223 admissions, down 2 percent from July 2012.

The New Orleans market totaled $52.9 million in winnings, up slightly from $52.0 million. The total includes the Amelia Belle’s $4.2 million. Boomtown Casino New Orleans had $10.6 million in winnings, up from $10.3 million a year ago. Treasure Chest had $9.1 million, down from $9.5 million a year ago. The Fair Grounds track slots’ winnings were $3.7 million, down from $3.8 million a year ago.

Evangeline Downs’ slots in Opelousas had $7.7 million in revenue, compared to $8.5 million a year ago.