La. casino revenue dips to $188M in August

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's state-licensed casinos took in $188 million from gamblers last month, winnings that were on par with a year earlier but a 5 percent drop from July.

The figures, compiled by the state police, were presented Thursday to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. The winnings don't include the new Baton Rouge riverboat casino, which opened over Labor Day weekend.

Across the state, the mix of riverboat, land-based and race track casinos brought in nearly $10 million less than the nearly $198 million taken from gamblers in July.

The state's only land-based casino, Harrah's in downtown New Orleans, won $23 million from gamblers in August, while the state's 12 riverboat casinos brought in nearly $133 million last month.

Louisiana's four race tracks took in a combined $32 million.

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