BR casino revenues down for June

The winnings at Baton Rouge’s three riverboat casinos were lower in June than they were the year before because of a dropoff in activity at Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge.

The three local riverboats brought in nearly $22.5 million during June, compared with almost $25.6 million in June 2013, a 4.7 percent drop, according to figures released Thursday by Louisiana State Police. This was the fifth time this year that the Baton Rouge riverboats failed to bring in more money than the year before.

Hollywood Casino saw its winnings fall by 17.1 percent. The casino won $5.6 million last month, compared to nearly $6.8 million in June 2013.

Winnings at L’Auberge Baton Rouge had a modest 0.3 percent drop to about $11.8 million last month.

The Belle of Baton Rouge continued to perform better than the rest of the market. The city’s oldest riverboat casino brought in nearly $5.1 million in June, a 1.5 percent increase over the $5 million that it won the year before.

Statewide, the 14 riverboats, four racetrack casinos and Harrah’s land-based casino brought in $203.5 million in June, slightly better than the $202.4 million last year. That snapped a three-month streak when the state’s gambling winnings were down.

Improved business at Harrah’s New Orleans and in the Lake Charles market helped the state beat the June 2013 numbers.

Winnings at the Harrah’s casino were up 10.3 percent last month to reach nearly $30 million. But the three riverboat casinos in the New Orleans market saw winnings drop by 10.7 percent to $20.9 million. Winnings at the Fair Grounds slots fell by 3.2 percent to $3.6 million.

Even though the gain was modest, this was the first time this year that the New Orleans casino market brought in more money than in 2013. The city hosted the Super Bowl in February 2013, so the comparison has been tough.

The two riverboats in Lake Charles surged 13.5 percent, while the Delta Downs racetrack slots there took a slight dip.

The Baton Rouge market, with three riverboats, was down 4.7 percent last month compared to last year. The Shreveport-City market, with six riverboats and slots at the Harrah’s racetrack, was down 4.5 percent.

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