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Which riverboat casino pays its players the most?

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The sounds of a casino—everyone hopes it is music to their ears. Players walk in to try and hit it big, so they can leave with more money than when they started.

Each casino pays out different amounts. We checked with the Louisiana State Police to find out which riverboat in the Shreveport-Bossier City market keeps the most cash per person visiting.

Since Margaritaville just opened in June, the State Police have no monthly revenue records available just yet. It will not be included in our report.

Before we show you how much money the casinos make off each visitor, here's how we calculated them.

We took each casino's total adjusted gaming revenue; that number is made up of all the bets placed minus the winnings paid out to players. Then we divided that number by how many people walked into the casino during that month. That gave us an average dollar amount per person that the casino collects.

We believe the smaller the number the house keeps, the bigger the pay out to the players.

According to our calculations, DiamondJacks Casino kept about $61 per person from July 2009 to June of 2012. Sam's Town Casino made about $64 off each visitor during that same time, and Boomtown Casino took an average of $70 from each person. All three within about $10 of one another.

But one casino gave out way more than any other boat on the Red River. Eldorado only kept an average $50 per visitor in the last three years. Meaning, according to our calculations, Eldorado pays out more per player.

So which casino kept the most money per visitor during that same three year period?

We calculated that Horseshoe Hotel Casino took an average of $115 per visitor. By our estimates, you'd walk out of Horseshoe with less money in your pocket than any other local casino.

With the casino keeping $50 per person at Eldorado versus $115 at Horseshoe, we reached out to all the casinos to understand this wide difference. While none of their spokes people would go on camera or give us an official statement, they did remind us that total visitors is just that—people who walked in the door, and not all of them gambled. 

Also, the numbers available to us are for all bets placed and do not show how many were at slot machines, which are programmable, or at table games, which should all be games of chance. 

Even with the math, local tourism expert Stacy Brown said people will stick with what they know.

"Most people have their favorite," she explained. "It's the casino that they love to go to, whether it's the rooms in the hotel they especially like, maybe it's the spa or the pool. But often time they have their favorite machine that they love to hit every time."

While the players might come for one certain game or amenity, Brown said the guests also want more.

"We do get a lot of visitors who come here mainly for casinos, but then they decide it's such a great destination, why don't I go to some other attractions, eat out at the other restaurants. We've got some great hotels. So it really gives them a good overall experience."

And if they have a great time, they'll be back to play more.

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