Illinois Casino Revenue Climbs Slightly in November

Illinois Casino Revenue Climbs Slightly in November
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For November, Illinois’ 15 casinos had total adjusted gross receipts of about $130.64 million, according to Thursday’s report from the Illinois Gaming Board. That was a small increase of about 1.27% over October’s total adjusted gross receipts (TAGR) of about $129 million.

The state’s share of the gambling revenue in October was just over $33.7 million and the local share was about $7.8 million. There are no legal Illinois online casinos.

Leading the way in TAGR among the state’s casinos was Rivers Casino in Des Plaines near Chicago with about $43.5 million. Other than Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, the only other casinos to hit eight figures in TAGR were Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin with about $12.85 million, and Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel with a little over $10 million. The Grand Victory Casino also features a retail Caesars Sportsbook Illinois location.

The much-publicized casino in Chicago proper, Bally’s, which opened in September as a temporary facility had almost $7.61 million in TAGR, just about the same revenue it pulled in the previous month. Chicago’s permanent casino isn’t expected to be ready for a few more years.

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Illinois Casino Revenue in November

The TAGR for the state’s 15 casinos were:

  • Argosy Casino Alton, $2,677,336 
  • Bally's Chicago Operating Company, LLC 81, $7,608,131 
  • Bally's Quad Cities Casino & Hotel, $4,963,032 
  • Danville Development, LLC, $3,193,800 
  • DraftKings at Casino Queen, $6,167,430
  • FHR-Illinois LLC, $7,146,261 
  • Grand Victoria Casino, $12,849,808 
  • Hard Rock Casino Rockford, $5,715,584 
  • Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel, $10,039,921 
  • Harrah's Metropolis Casino, $4,916,217 
  • Hollywood Casino Aurora, $7,256,187 
  • Hollywood Casino Joliet, $7,337,529
  • Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino, $4,845,901 
  • Rivers Casino, $43,516,832 
  • Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort, $2,130,779
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ESPN BET Launches in November

Although it will be after the first of the year before November Illinois sports betting revenue numbers are released, it will be interesting to see if the state’s newest player changed the market.

ESPN BET launched in 17 states in mid November, bringing the biggest brand in sports into the wagering space. PENN Entertainment transitioned its Barstool Sportsbook to ESPN as part of a $1.5 billion deal between the betting company and the sports media giant.

Even without ESPN BET Illinois up and running, sports betting in the state managed more than $1 billion in handle in September and $86.22 million in revenue.

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Bill Ordine covers state gambling issues for IllinoisBet.com. He was a reporter and editor in news and sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun for 25 years, and was a lead reporter on a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. Bill started reporting on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for 10 years.

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