Covering Louisiana

Nov 16, 2012 5:00 AM by AP/CS

October casino revenue down

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gamblers lost nearly $185 million at Louisiana's state licensed casinos in October, down from the nearly $199.7 million for September and slightly more than the $181.4 million for October of last year.

Most of the money was dropped at the state's 13 riverboat casinos. Total revenue decreased to $126 million for October, down from $141.8 million in September, but up compared to the $123.5 million left a year earlier.

Harrah's land-based casino in New Orleans won $28.5 million in October, up from $25.2 million in September and from the $27 million in October a year earlier.

Slot machine casinos at the four Louisiana horse tracks won $30.3 million, compared to $32.7 million in September and $30.9 million a year earlier.

The five-riverboat Shreveport-Bossier market led the state in gambling revenue with nearly $45.1 million in October winnings; followed by the Lake Charles market, with $35.9 million; the Baton Rouge market with $22.7 million; and the New Orleans riverboat market with $22.2 million.

Among the racetrack slot parlors, Delta Downs, in Vinton, not far from the Texas state line, won more than $13.9 million, almost half the racetrack slot total. It was followed by Evangeline Downs, with just over $7 million; Harrah's at Louisiana Downs, $5.3 million and the Fair Grounds, $3.9 million.

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