Harrah's Casino blames smoking ban for 2nd drop in monthly take
NEW ORLEANS- Revenue dropped 30 percent in June at Harrah's New Orleans Hotel & Casino.
It was the second consecutive monthly drop. The facility's top executive is putting most of the blame on the city's indoor smoking ban.
Dan Real, general manager of Harrah's New Orleans, asked the state Gaming Control Board on Thursday for support in efforts to change legal requirements that dictate how many employees the casino must hire, as well as restrictions on the land-based casino's ability to generate revenues with non-gambling activities.
The state's monthly casino report showed Harrah's had $20.7 million in revenues in June 2015, which is $9.2 million less than what was reported in June 2014.