L’Auberge continues to dominate BR casino market

L’Auberge Baton Rouge casino pulled in $15.3 million in August, once again accounting for more than half the revenue in the metro-area casino market, according to figures released Thursday by the state Gaming Control Board.

The Belle of Baton Rouge reported nearly $5.2 million in winnings, down $899,399, or 14.9 percent from August 2012. Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge had $6 million in winnings, down nearly $3.3 million, or 35.3 percent, from a year earlier. It was the largest percentage drop in winnings statewide.

Hurricane Isaac forced the Belle and Hollywood to close for several days in late August 2012.

The Baton Rouge casinos took in $24.3 million in July, an increase of 58.6 percent compared with a year ago when the capital region was a two-boat market. L’Auberge opened Sept. 1, 2012.

L’Auberge had 130,896 admissions in August. The Belle had 77,987 admissions, compared with 82,242 a year ago when it was closed for two days by the storm. Hollywood Casino had 68,694 admissions in August, compared with 89,773 a year earlier when Isaac closed the casino for three days.

Altogether, Louisiana’s riverboats increased their haul to $153.7 million in August, an increase of $21 million, or 15.9 percent, from a year earlier. However, L’Auberge Baton Rouge and Margaritaville in Shreveport have both opened during the interim. Margaritaville, which opened in mid-June, won $12.3 million in August, making it the third-biggest property in the state’s biggest casino market.

Gambling figures do not include the tribal casinos in Marksville, Kinder and Charenton, which are not regulated by the state.

NEW ORLEANS: Harrah’s New Orleans Casino saw winnings rise to $27.9 million in August, up $4.95 million. The only state-regulated, land-based casino had 407,061 admissions, up 8.5 percent from August 2012, when Isaac shut the property down for three days.

The New Orleans riverboat market posted $22.6 million in winnings, up 6.7 percent from August 2012. Isaac forced all of the properties in metro New Orleans and the Amelia Belle in Amelia to close for several days. Boomtown New Orleans saw the biggest year-to-year increase, going up 9.7 percent to $9.8 million in August from $8.9 million last year. Treasure Chest was up 4.4 percent, from $7.8 million to $8.2 million. Amelia Belle also had a 4.4 percent increase, from nearly $4.4 million to nearly $4.6 million.

The slots at the Fair Grounds race track were up 13.9 percent, from $3.3 million in August 2012 to nearly $3.8 million.

ACADIANA: The slots at the Evangeline Downs race track in Opelousas were down 1.3 percent, from $7.9 million in August 2012 to $7.7 million.