La. casinos take in $203 million from gamblers in June

Jul 23, 2012 10:00 AM

Louisiana’s state-licensed casinos took in nearly $203 million from gamblers in June, a 3 percent growth in winnings from June 2011 but a slight dip from the previous month.

The figures, compiled by the State Police, were presented Thursday to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

Across the state, the mix of riverboat, land-based and race track casinos brought in $1.4 million less than May’s total and nearly $6 million more than the $197 million they collected in June 2011.

In June, gamblers lost the most on average at Horseshoe Bossier City, Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner and Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge.

The state’s only land-based casino, Harrah’s in downtown New Orleans, won $28 million, a slight drop from the same month a year ago but up from the $27.4 million taken in June 2011.

Meanwhile, gamblers lost $139.9 million at the state’s 12 riverboat casinos last month, a 2 percent boost from June 2011.

By comparison, the riverboats took in a combined $141.5 million in May.

Louisiana’s four race tracks took in a combined $34.7 million, nearly the same as the previous month but a 7 percent bump up from the same month a year earlier.

Among Louisiana major casino markets:

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER: The area’s five riverboats won $52.6 million, while the Louisiana Downs track casino took in $6.3 million.

LAKE CHARLES: The market’s two riverboat casinos brought in $45 million, while the area’s Delta Downs track casino won $16.2 million.

NEW ORLEANS: Gamblers lost $20.7 million at the riverboat casinos and $3.8 million at the Fair Grounds race track casino.

The figures do not include Indian reservation casinos, which are not required to publicly report winnings.