March casino winnings up 5.8 percent
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's state-licensed casinos in March continued a recent trend of winning more money from players.
State police said Thursday that the 12 riverboat casinos, Harrah's downtown New Orleans casino and the four race track casinos took in $227.9 million. That's a 5.8 percent gain from $215.4 million won in March 2011 and follows an 8.7 percent increase recorded in February as compared with February 2011.
The riverboats won $154.1 million, Harrah's took in $35.8 million and the track casinos won $38 million last month.
In February, the casinos won $217.2 million during an early Mardi Gras season.
March is typically one of the big months for the casino business as income tax refund checks are issued. Analysts also say wagering has benefitted at least somewhat from the slowly improving economy.