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Casino Aztar's attendance was flat last month; French Lick saw decline

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Casino Aztar's attendance numbers held steady last month while the casino at French Lick saw its attendance drop nearly 5 percent, according to a state report.

Aztar saw 109,804 visitors in March, a drop of only 0.26 percent from the same period the previous year. French Lick had 84,346 visitors last month, down 4.71 percent from the previous year.

The numbers come from the Indiana Gaming Commission's monthly

revenue report, which was released on Friday. The report details how many people visited each of Indiana's 13 casinos, how much they spent on gaming and how much each casino paid in taxes.

Around Indiana, some facilities saw year-over-year increases last month while others saw decreases. Taken as a whole, Indiana's casinos saw 2.25 million visitors last month, down 4.69 percent from the previous March.

Aztar's General Manager, Ward Shaw, said he was pleased with March's numbers.

"Our stronger customers continue to choose us over our competitors," Shaw said.

"These results just show that we're focusing on the right kinds of things."

At both Aztar and French Lick customers spent less on table games last month, but they spent more on electronic gaming.

Aztar's customers spent $6 million on table games like poker, blackjack and craps, down 7.93 percent from a year earlier. French Lick's customers spent $5.54 million, down 6.32 percent.

The Aztar customers spent $94.37 million on electronic gaming last month, up 3.47 percent. French Lick customers spent $76.50 million, up 7.81 percent.

Aztar paid $3.61 million in admission and wagering taxes last month, while French Lick paid $2.20 million.

Representatives of French Lick could not be reached for comment.



Source: http://www.courierpress.com/news/2011/apr/08/no-headline---09b0xcasinos/?partner=yahoo_feeds

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