- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana’s 15 riverboats, four racetrack slots casinos and Harrah’s New Orleans brought in $202.7 million in June, a 2.6 percent decrease from June 2015’s $208.2 million.

The 13,160 video poker machines across the state brought in $45.4 million. That was a 2.9 percent decrease from June 2015, when 14,171 machines at truck stops, bars, restaurants and off-track betting parlors brought in nearly $46.8 million.

The revenue figures were released Thursday by the state police.

Winnings in Baton Rouge’s riverboat casino market jumped 2.3 percent in June, making it the only gambling market in the state to post a year-to-year gain.

The three riverboats brought in $23.3 million in June, up from the $22.8 million in winnings during June 2015.

L’Auberge Baton Rouge, the biggest casino in the market, saw the biggest gain in winnings. The casino brought in $13.1 million in June, 6.5 percent more than the $12.3 million in winnings reported in June 2015.

Hollywood Casino Baton Rouge posted a 1.2 percent gain in winnings from $5.4 million in June 2015 to nearly $5.5 million.

The Belle of Baton Rouge, the oldest casino in the market, saw its winnings drop from nearly $5.1 million in June 2015 to $4.7 million.

The New Orleans casino market saw its winnings fall by 3.6 percent in June. The gambling establishments brought in nearly $44.4 million during the month, compared with $46 million in winnings during June 2015.

Revenue at Harrah’s dropped by 6.1 percent to nearly $19.5 million from $20.7 million. The casino has been hit hard by the New Orleans smoking ban, which forces gamblers to leave slot machines and table games for a cigarette.

Lake Charles, the state’s largest casino market, saw its winnings drop by 0.7 percent. The three riverboats and slots at Delta Downs brought in $74.5 million, compared with nearly $75 million the year before.

Shreveport-Bossier City was down 6 percent, with the six riverboat casinos and the slots at Harrah’s racetrack bringing in $53.7 million.

The Opelousas market, represented by the slots at Evangeline Downs, was down 6 percent to $6.8 million.

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