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Louisiana Gaming Numbers See Another Year-Over-Year Decline In July

Written By Katarina Vojvodic on August 24, 2023
Louisiana July 2023 Gaming Report

Numbers for Louisiana’s 15 riverboats and its lone land-based casino continue to decline in July, according to the latest revenue report from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board (LGCB).

July sports gambling activity in the state generated $122.5 million in total bets, with net proceeds reaching $15.7 million, a decrease of more than 18% year-over-year.

Harrah’s New Orleans had a successful month

The state’s only land-based casino, Harrah’s New Orleans, reported a total gross gaming revenue of $24.3 million in July. The figure represents both year-over-year and month-over-month improvement. To be more specific, July’s activity summary represents a 9.4% yearly increase from July 2022’s $23.6 million and an increase of nearly 3% from June’s $22.2 million.

LA racetracks report monthly increase, but drop from last year

Total aggregated revenue from slots at Louisiana’s four racinos was $27.6 million. While the figure is a 1.3% increase from June’s $27.2 million, it is a 6% decrease from July 2022’s $29.3 million. Here’s how their AGRs compare for the month of July:

  • Delta Downs: $14.26 million
  • Evangeline Downs: $6.45 million
  • Louisiana Downs: $3.59 million
  • Fair Grounds: $3.26 million

Louisiana racetracks generated almost $4.2 million in state tax payments.

Riverboat casinos bring in the most money, but show declines

Once again, 15 riverboat casinos in Louisiana accounted for most of the state’s gaming activity throughout the month. Louisiana riverboats generated $146.6 million in adjusted gaming revenue (AGR), paying the state $31.5 million in fees.

Both of those numbers were down month-over-month and year-over-year. For example, July 2023’s revenue is a 1.5% decrease from June’s $146.9 million, as well as a 3.7% drop from July 2022’s $152.2 million.

Louisiana’s eight online sportsbooks took in $122.5M in bets

Eight Louisiana sportsbooks did not have the best month. In July, statewide online sportsbooks generated $122.5 million in total bets. Of that amount, Louisiana sportsbooks’ net proceeds of $15.7 million were down 18.3% compared to last year.

Most of the money came from parlay bets. Here’s a total breakdown of net proceeds by sports type throughout July:

  • Parlay: $9,515,989
  • Baseball: $2,715,813
  • Basketball: $630,196
  • Football: $421,498
  • Soccer: $649,132
  • Other: $1,475,609

At the same time, the amount of taxes ($2.0 million) that the state collected from regulated sports betting during July was up by 12.8% compared to the same month last year.

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Katarina Vojvodic is a lead writer for PlayUSA who lives in Toronto. Vojvodic provides coverage of the US gambling industry with a focus on US online casinos. Previously, she covered Ontario’s online gambling industry for PlayCanada.com. Vojvodic holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Belgrade. Outside working hours, she can be found near the water with her husband and their two kids.

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