March Casino Revenue Up 16% From Previous Year In Illinois

Written By Phil West on April 17, 2024
Bar graph rising signifies strong month of March for Illinois casinos

March was a successful month for Illinois casinos.

An adjusted gross revenue total of $152.3 million surpassed the previous month by 10.6% and beat out March 2023 by 16.3%.

The state collected $22.7 million in tax revenue from the 15 Illinois casinos in operation last month.

Only Golden Nugget Danville reported less revenue in March compared to February

Illinois online casinos remain illegal, but efforts are underway at the statehouse to change that. Until a measure can gain approval, players 18 and older looking to play casino games online can participate in sweepstakes and social casinos. Virtual money that’s won can be redeemed for real dollars.

Rivers Casino Des Plaines led the way in March revenue from brick-and-mortar casinos in Illinois with $47.8 million in adjusted gross receipts. It was a 9.5% increase in revenue from the previous month, according to the monthly report from the Illinois Gaming Board.

Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin was a distant second with $13.5 million in total adjusted gross revenue (AGR). Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel was next with $12.3 million AGR in March, followed by the temporary Bally’s Chicago in the Medinah Temple Building at nearly $11.1 million AGR.

All of those totals were month-to-month increases over February. Only the Golden Nugget Danville saw a decline in its March numbers compared to the previous month.

Illinois casinos collected more than $115M from slots in March

Illinois casinos collected nearly $36.6 million from table games in March and $115.7 million from slot machines.

The next leading casinos in March AGR include:

  • American Place Casino (Waukegan): $9.73 million
  • Hollywood Casino (Joliet): $8.74 million
  • Hollywood Casino (Aurora): $8.42 million
  • Casino Queen (East St. Louis): $7.78 million
  • Hard Rock Casino (Rockford): $6.58 million
  • Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino (East Peoria): $5.97 million
  • Bally’s Quad Cities Casino & Hotel (Rock Island): $5.49 million
  • Harrah’s Metropolis Casino (Metropolis): $5.33 million

In 2023, revenue from the 15 casinos, as well as a robust sports betting market overseen by 13 operators, plus more than 46,000 video gaming terminals, generated more than $1.5 billion in tax revenue for Illinois. The Illinois Gaming Board said more than $1.3 billion of that total went into state coffers, while nearly $244 million was directed to local governments.

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