LOUISIANA POSTS GAMING GAINS

June 21, 2001 7:23 PM
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Louisiana’s casinos won $153.8 million in May, a 9.3 percent increase from $140.7 million won in May 2000. Part of the increase was attributed to the opening of the Hollywood Casino in Shreveport.

The state's 14 riverboat casinos won $132.9 million, compared with $119.7 million in May 2000. The three riverboats in New Orleans won $24 million in May, compared with $22.1 million in May 2000, an increase of 9 percent.

Harrah's New Orleans, the state’s only land-based casino, generated $20.9 million in gambling revenue in May, up 4.7 percent from April, but down 0.4 percent from May 2000.

In all, the state tax on all casinos in May was $31.3 million, up from $30.6 million in May 2000. These tax figures include Harrah's New Orleans Casino, whose tax bill was cut in half by the state, from $8.5 million in May 2000 to $4.25 million last month.