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Louisiana casinos brought in $224.1 million in February, up 6.8 percent over last year

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — State officials say the 15 riverboats, four racetrack slots casinos and Harrah's land-based casino brought in $224.1 million in February, 6.8 percent better than the $209.7 million the gambling halls won the year before.

State police released the February figures on Thursday.

Baton Rouge's three riverboat casinos brought in 8.9 percent more in February than they did the year before. The riverboats' combined winnings hit nearly $27.4 million in February, compared to more than $25.1 million in February 2014.

Winnings in the New Orleans casino market were down 6.7 percent in February when compared with the year before. The three riverboats, Harrah's land-based casino and slots at the Fair Grounds brought in nearly $55.3 million. That compares with the nearly $59.3 million in winnings during February 2014.

Lake Charles saw its winnings increase by more than 28 percent from February 2014. The three riverboats and slots at the Delta Downs track bought in $69.8 million, compared to $54.5 million the year before.

The difference was inflated by the Golden Nugget Lake Charles, which opened in December.

Shreveport-Bossier City was up 1 percent, with the six riverboat casinos and the slots at the Harrah's racetrack bringing in $63.4 million.

The Opelousas market, represented by the slots at Evangeline Downs, was up by 1.7 percent to $8.2 million.

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