Revenue rises at most casinos in state

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Sixteen of 18 state-regulated casinos won more money in May than in April.

But five riverboats and a racetrack won less than in the previous May.

L'Auberge Lake Charles took in $819,564 less than it did in April, a drop of 2.7 percent, but it still won almost $10 million more its nearest competitor.

The news was better for Delta Downs in Vinton and Isle of Capri in Lake Charles. Delta Downs saw a 12.6 percent jump while Isle enjoyed a 10 percent increase. Delta Downs took in $17.1 million in May, almost $2 million more than in April and double its nearest competitor. The Isle took in $12 million, over $1 million more than the previous month.

The figures released Thursday show that statewide, gamblers lost $214.2 million — $17.8 million more than in April and $10 million more than May 2012.

The total included $149.1 million at riverboats, $29.8 million at Harrah's land casino in New Orleans and $35.3 million at racetrack slot machines. L'Auberge Lake Charles, at $29.5 million, and the Horseshoe, at $19.9 million, led the riverboats.

The Shreveport-Bossier market took in the most overall at $61.9 million and was followed by Lake Charles $58.7 million, New Orleans $54.5 million and Baton Rouge $26 million.