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Revenue rises at most La. casinos

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Sixteen of 18 state-regulated casinos won more money in May than in April. But in west Louisiana, four riverboats and a racetrack won less than in the previous May.

Figures released Thursday show that overall, gamblers lost $214.2 million — $17.8 million more than in April and $10 million more than May 2012.

The total included $149.1 million at riverboats, $29.8 million at Harrah's land casino in New Orleans and $35.3 million at racetrack slot machines. L'Auberge Lake Charles, at $29.5 million, and the Horseshoe, at $19.9 million, led the riverboats, while the Delta Downs track casino won $17.1 million, double its nearest competitor.

The Shreveport-Bossier market took in $61.9 million, Lake Charles $58.7 million, New Orleans $54.5 million and Baton Rouge $26 million.