La. casinos hold steady in May, taking in $204M

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's state-licensed casinos took in $204 million from gamblers in May, winnings on par with their haul a year earlier.

The figures, compiled by the state police, were presented Thursday to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board.

Gamblers lost $141 million at the state's 12 riverboat casinos last month, up more than 2 percent from May 2011. Meanwhile, the state's only land-based casino, Harrah's in downtown New Orleans, won more than $28 million from gamblers, a 7 percent slide down from the same month a year earlier.

Louisiana's four race tracks took in a combined $34 million from gamblers, nearly the same as a year earlier.

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