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Boyd’s, Pinnacle lead in state casino earnings

Last Modified: Friday, February 22, 2013 2:04 PM

By Eric Cormier / American Press

Boyd Entertainment’s Delta Downs Racetrack Casino Hotel in Vinton continues its dominance in revenue generation among the state’s four racetracks where slot machines are available.

In January, Delta Downs’ slots made $14.6 million compared with Evangeline Downs, which took in $7.2 million; Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, $5.4 million; and the Fair Grounds, $4 million.

Boyd also owns Evangeline Downs, located in Opelousas.

January’s gambling revenue report was released Thursday during the Louisiana Gaming Control Board meeting.

Pinnacle Entertainment’s Lake Charles property started the calender year making more money than any other riverboat casino in Louisiana.

In January, the company raked in $25.7 million. Caesar Entertainment’s Horseshoe casino in Bossier City made $17.9 million and El Dorado Resort in Shreveport, $10.7 million.

Shreveport and Bossier City’s casino market — with five riverboat casino complexes — made $48 million in January, down from December 2012’s figure of $53.6 million. That market still made more money collectively than any other in Louisiana in January.

Lake Charles’ market, with L’Auberge in Lake Charles and Isle of Capri’s boat in Westlake, totaled $35.5 million last month.

The boats also saw a decline in revenue from $43.6 million in December 2012.

Baton Rouge’s three riverboats made $21.6 million. Pinnacle’s L’Auberge Baton Rouge was the biggest recipient of gamblers’ dollars with $10.6 million.

The New Orleans market, with three riverboat casinos, made $21.5 million.

The state’s only land-based casino, Harrah’s New Orleans, made $27 million.

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