Southwest Louisiana gaming market dominates rest of state - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Southwest Louisiana gaming market dominates rest of state

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SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) -

The three riverboat casinos in Lake Charles and the racetrack in Vinton raked in a total of $87 million in December 2014, according to a report from state police.

The Isle of Capri, L'Auberge and Golden Nugget dominated the other riverboats in the state with a $72 million take.

L'Auberge was the top performer at $32.8 million. Golden Nugget, which opened its doors Dec. 8, earned $27.5 million, and the Isle of Capri raked in $11.6 million. L'Auberge's earnings were down 2.7 percent from December 2013 but up 3.7 percent up from November 2014.

The Golden Nugget reported the highest attendance with 439,185 guests in December, despite being open only 26 days. L'Auberge came in second with 344,189 guests.

Shreveport, which has six riverboat casinos, was the second strongest gaming market in the state with a $56.1 million take in December. Baton Rouge, which has three boats, was third at $22.8 million, and New Orleans, with three boats, came in fourth at $21.6 million.

Delta Downs in Vinton was the state's top performing racetrack. Delta Downs earned $14.9 million last month, almost double the other three tracks combined. Delta's take was down 1.3 percent from November but up 2.5 percent from December 2013. Delta also had the highest attendance in the state at 135,379 visitors.

Harrah's New Orleans Casino is considered a land-based casino and is not counted in the riverboat total. That facility brought in $30.3 million in December, a 13.2 percent increase from November.

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