Louisiana's June winnings slide 2.6 percent
July 25, 2016 10:59 AM
by Phil Hevener
The Harrah’s casino in downtown New Orleans continues feeling the pressure of the city’s smoking ban.
Revenue at Harrah’s dropped by 6.1 percent to nearly $19.5 million from $20.7 million. The casino on the edge of the French Quarter has been hit hard by the New Orleans smoking ban, which forces gamblers to leave slot machines and table games for a cigarette.
Louisiana’s 15 riverboats, four racetrack slots casinos and Harrah’s New Orleans brought in $202.7 million in June, a 2.6 percent decrease from June 2015’s $208.2 million, according to revenue figures released by the state police.
The 13,160 video poker machines across the state brought in $45.4 million. That was a 2.9 percent decrease from June 2015, when 14,171 machines at truck stops, bars, restaurants and off-track betting parlors brought in nearly $46.8 million.
Winnings in Baton Rouge’s riverboat casino market jumped 2.3 percent in June, making it the only gambling market in the state to post a year-to-year gain. The three riverboats brought in $23.3 million in June, up from the $22.8 million in winnings during June 2015.
L’Auberge Baton Rouge, the biggest casino in the market, saw the biggest gain in winnings. The casino brought in $13.1 million in June, 6.5 percent more than the $12.3 million in winnings reported in June 2015.
Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge posted a 1.2 percent gain in winnings from $5.4 million in June 2015 to nearly $5.5 million.
The Belle of Baton Rouge, the oldest casino in the market, saw its winnings drop from nearly $5.1 million in June 2015 to $4.7 million.
The New Orleans area casino market saw its winnings fall by 3.6 percent in June. The gambling establishments brought in nearly $44.4 million during the month, compared with $46 million in winnings during June 2015.
Lake Charles, the state’s largest casino market, saw its winnings drop by 0.7 percent. The three riverboats and slots at Delta Downs brought in $74.5 million, compared with nearly $75 million the year before.
Shreveport-Bossier City was down 6 percent, with the six riverboat casinos and the slots at Harrah’s racetrack bringing in $53.7 million.
The Opelousas market, represented by the slots at Evangeline Downs, was down 6 percent to $6.8 million.