June was a solid month for casino gaming in Illinois. The state’s gambling spots brought in nearly $111 million worth of revenue last month.
That was a small decrease from May, but an increase from the same month last year.
Illinois June casino revenue
Illinois casinos had a solid month in terms of year-over-year growth.
The state’s casinos racked up $110.7 million worth of revenue last month, which was a small step up from June 2021’s $105 million haul. That’s good for about a 5% increase over the past year.
Despite that, revenue was still down a bit from the previous month.
Gambling spots in Illinois reported $116.5 million worth of adjusted gross income during May. In other words, casino revenue dropped by about 5% during the past month.
Summer gambling slump
A summer dip isn’t unheard of in the world of casinos.
Warm weather months have a litany of different entertainment options available. That can lead to some Illinois residents spending their time outside rather than at a casino.
50,000 fewer people visited Illinois casinos in June compared to May, so some gamblers preferred to spend their time elsewhere last month.
Even with the summer gambling slump, Rivers Casino Des Plaines was a big winner.
That’s no surprise given the property’s status as the largest casino in the state. Rivers is also located nearby Chicago, so there are plenty of gamblers to fill that extra space.
Between table games and electronic gaming devices, the casino brought in about $46 million worth of revenue during June. Grand Victoria Casino was second with approximately $11 million to show for the month.
Casino taxes pass $100 million
Overall casino revenue might have been slightly down during June, but the state still passed a significant milestone.
Illinois collected over $23 million worth of casino taxes last month. That was about a $700,000 increase from May’s numbers.
Adding June to the pile put the state over the $100 million tax mark for 2022.
The Illinois market being on track for a $200 million yearly haul is nothing to sneeze at. That’s a ton of money flowing into the state that otherwise wouldn’t have been there.