Casino revenues down, Amelia Belle included

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana added a 19th casino in June but statewide casino winnings went down.

State-regulated casinos took in $8.3 million less in June than 18 casinos did a year earlier and $19.7 million less than they did in May, according to state police figures released Thursday by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

The Amelia Belle’s total revenue was $4.3 million from 56,654 gamblers. The average loss to its customers was $75.18.

Only the Horseshoe — the most lucrative riverboat in the Shreveport-Bossier City market, where a Margaritaville casino opened June 13 — won more last month than in June 2012. The Horseshoe won $17.5 million, $760,860 more than the previous June. Of the 17 casinos that were open in June 2012, it was the only one with a 1-year increase in winnings.

Margaritaville, open for 17 days in June, took in $7.9 million.

The market total, including the slot machine casino at Delta Downs race track, rose $4.2 million, to $63 million.

The only other market where the gambling total increased was Baton Rouge, which also has one casino more than it did a year earlier. The total of $23.6 million was $6.7 million more than in June 2012.

The Belle of Baton Rouge appeared to win back a few of the customers it has lost since L’Auberge Baton Rouge opened: its $5 million take was 26.9 percent of the market, compared to 20.4 percent in May, when it took in $5.3 million. The Hollywood casino’s share edged up from 26.4 percent to 27 percent and winnings of $6.8 million. L’Auberge’s $11.8 million put it at the top of the market, but with 46.1 percent of the winnings, down from 53.2 percent in May.

The Lake Charles market — two riverboats and a race track casino — took in $53.8 million, down $7.5 million from June 2012; New Orleans $50.1 million, down $2.6 million; the Amelia Belle in Morgan City $4.3 million, down $480,000; and the Evangeline Downs track casino in Opelousas $7.6 million, down nearly $785,000.

Overall, gamblers lost $194.5 million: $134.5 million at riverboats, $32.9 million at race track slot machines, and $27.1 million at Harrah’s land casino in New Orleans.

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Louisiana casino winnings for June 2013

Winnings from gamblers at Louisiana’s state-licensed casinos in June 2013 with totals in millions of dollars, attendance and average loss per customer:

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER

Market total: $63.0, 943,435, $66.79

Boomtown: $6.2, 102,919, $60.27

Eldorado: $11.7, 244,900, $47.75

Horseshoe: $17.5, 127,198, $137.61

DiamondJacks: $5.9, 100,108, $58.95

Sam’s Town: $8.0, 127,273, $63.21

Margaritaville: $7.9, 128,134, $61.62

LaDowns: $5.8, 112,903, $51.05

LAKE CHARLES

Market total: $53.8, 654,356, $82.23

Isle of Capri: $11.3, 123,455, $91.64

L’Auberge Lake Charles: $26.8, 358,043, $74.80

Delta Downs track: $15.7, 172,858, $90.88

NEW ORLEANS

Market total: $50.1, 655,608, $76.35

Boomtown: $10.6, 125,777, $84.67

Treasure Chest: $8.5, 93,260, $91.48

Harrah’s New Orleans: $27.1, 377,219, $71.92

Fair Grounds track: $3.7, 59,352, $63.16

BATON ROUGE

Market total: $23.6, 268,748, $87.80

Belle of Baton Rouge: $5.0, 72,314, $69.22

Hollywood: $6.8, 72,518, $93.25

L’Auberge Baton Rouge: $11.8, 123,916, $95.47

MORGAN CITY

Amelia Belle: $4.3, 56,654, $75.18

OPELOUSAS

Evangeline Downs track: $7.6, 122,296, $62.47

TOTAL WINNINGS

Riverboats: $134.5, 1,728,335, $77.81

New Orleans land: $27.1, 377,219, $71.92

Race track casinos: $32.9, 467,409, $70.31

Grand total: $194.5, 2,572,963, $75.58

Source: Louisiana State Police

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