Harrah’s New Orleans says the cigarette ban imposed by the town a year ago this week has negatively impacted its gambling revenues and needs to be held accountable for the casino’s unpredictable manner.
Harrah’s New Orleans state the citywide smoking ban is shuffling up revenues in the direction that is wrong.
Statistics supplied by the Louisiana Gaming Control Board seem to back those claims up. Gross gambling revenue at Harrah’s New Orleans totaled $23.9 million in March, down nearly 21 percent from the $30.2 million the casino produced in the same thirty days during 2015.
Since 2007, all Louisiana workplaces and restaurants are smoke-free, but the statutory law don’t use to casinos and bars. Carrying out a unanimous New Orleans City Council vote and Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s (D) signature, a city ordinance went into effect on April 22, 2015, that banned smoke smoking and vaping on the casino floor.
‘ Slot revenue, Harrah’s source that is largest of revenue, is affected the most with slot income down 17 % in the time scale after the ordinance’s impact in comparison to prior year,’ Harrah’s spokeswoman Jade Brown-Russell claimed. ‘In the 12 months impacted by the smoking ban, Harrah’s has skilled gaming revenue declines in 10 of the 12 months.’
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Supporters of the clean atmosphere ordinance say Harrah’s is simply looking for a scapegoat to position blame.