Illinois Casino Revenue Increases Slightly in June To Halt Skid

Illinois Casino Revenue Increases Slightly in June To Halt Skid
By Bill Ordine
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

June’s casino revenues in Illinois were almost identical to the previous month. The state’s 13 commercial casinos reported about $122.25 million in combined revenue, a slight increase of 0.2% from $122 million in the May Illinois casino revenue report.

While the casino revenues were mostly flat in June, the financial performance did stop a two-month skid that started following a strong March and extended through May. Also, the June 2023 casino financial report was a strong improvement in a same-month year-over-year comparison.

In March, Illinois casinos enjoyed a revenue spike of $131 million but the casino numbers slid to $128.13 million in April, then to $122 million in May, according to the Illinois Gaming Board.

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June Increase Stops Brief Slide

However, the June figure of $122.25 million not only stopped that slide, but it was also a 10.45% increase over June 2022 ($110.68 million).

For June 2023, more than $92.82 million of the total revenue came from slots while $29.43 million came from table games.

There are no Illinois online casinos. A legislative proposal to legalize them, as several other states have done, gained no traction in 2023.

In June, the casinos generated about $33.8 million in taxes with the state’s share coming to about $26.8 million and local share amounting to nearly $7 million.

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June Illinois Casino Breakdown

Among individual casinos, Rivers Casino in Des Plaines near Chicago was the leader in total adjusted gross receipts (TAGR) with $44.35 million. The No. 2 casino was Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin with $12.54 million in TAGR, and No. 3 was Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel with $10.86 million.

The rest were (alphabetically): Argosy Casino Alton, $3.04 million; Bally's Quad Cities Casino & Hotel, $4.89 million; Danville Development, LLC, $2.08 million; DraftKings at Casino Queen, $6.64 million; FHR-Illinois LLC, $6.61 million; Hard Rock Casino Rockford, $5.76 million; Harrah's Metropolis Casino, $5.18 million; Hollywood Casino Aurora. $7.89 million; Hollywood Casino Joliet, $7.18 million, and Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino, $5.31 million.

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Bill Ordine covers state gambling issues for 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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