Louisiana And Gulf Coast Casino Revenue Up In October

 BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana's 14 riverboats, four racetrack casinos and Harrah's land-based casino brought in nearly $194.6 million in October, 3.9 percent better than the $187.3 million the gambling halls won the year before.

         State police released the October figures on Thursday.

         Lake Charles saw the biggest gain of any casino market in the state, up by 7 percent to $55.3 million.

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         Baton Rouge's casinos brought in nearly $21.8 million in October, compared with almost $21.4 million in October 2013, a 1.9 percent gain. This is the fourth month in a row the market recorded a gain.

         Winnings in the New Orleans casino market increased by 4.2 percent in October when compared with the year before, breaking a two-month string of falling short of 2013 numbers.

         Shreveport-Bossier City was up 2 percent.

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         A strong performance by Mississippi's Gulf Coast casinos boosted gambling revenue to $167 million in October.

         The figure bested the $165.5 million lost by gamblers in October of 2013.

         The 11 casinos in South Mississippi showed 9 percent jump in revenue — despite the closing of the Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi. Mississippi Department of Revenue figures showed the coast casinos took in $90.9 million, up more than $7 million from October 2013.

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         The Mississippi River casinos reported revenue of $76 million, down $6 million from October 2013.

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