Illinois Casino Revenues, Taxes Climb Slightly in December

Illinois Casino Revenues, Taxes Climb Slightly in December
By Christopher Boan
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

The final month of the year was a good one for Illinois casinos, with a slight increase in revenue and tax revenue.

Overall, the state’s casinos raked in $114,411,777 in revenue during December, up 0.4% from the haul of $113,990,258 recorded in the Illinois November casino revenue report.

For the calendar year, casinos in Illinois took in $1.35 billion in total adjusted gross receipts, a 13.6% increase compared to the $1.19 billion from 2021. The state share of taxes derived from casinos for the year was $290 million.

As far as taxation is concerned, the 11 commercial facilities in the state chipped in $32,483,102 to the coffers in December (up 4.5% from $31,072,214 in November), giving the state cause for celebration entering the new year. There are no Illinois online casinos at this time.

Here’s a breakdown of how casinos in Illinois performed in general during the month of December:

Trends From December’s Casino Report in Illinois

The state’s casinos saw their share of revenue from electronic gaming devices climb by close to $2 million in December, going from $82,616,459 to $84,588,811, according to figures from the Illinois Gaming Board.

That gain was offset by a negligible loss in table games revenue, with Illinois casinos reporting $29,822,965 in December (down from $31,373,799 the month before).

Numbers for sports betting in Illinois have not been released for November or December. The figures for sportsbooks in the state are typically released about a month after the casino information.

For 2022, Illinois saw month-over-month gains in six months (doing so in February, March, April, July, October and December), while cooling slightly in January, May, June, August, September and November.

How Individual Illinois Casinos Performed

The leader in the Illinois casino clubhouse for gaming revenues was Rivers Casino, which raked in $47,233,149 during December.

Other winners during the final month were Grand Victoria Casino ($12,782,046 in revenue), Harrah’s Juliet Casino & Hotel ($10,505,477), Hollywood Casino Aurora ($8,075,483), Hollywood Casino Joliet ($6,955,169), and DraftKings at Casino Queen ($6,394,511) — who were the other operators that clocked in north of $6 million in revenue during December.

Rounding out the list were Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino ($5,198,608), Harrah’s Metropolis Casino ($5,346,307), Hard Rock Casino Rockford ($4,962,377), Bally’s Quad Cities Casino & Hotel ($4,681,641), and Argosy Casino Alton ($2,277,008).

All told, the 11 brick-and-mortar casinos in the state chipped in north of $39 million in taxes, when split between the state’s cut and the extra that’s sent to various municipalities.

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Christopher Boan is a lead writer at IllinoisBet.com specializing in covering state issues. He covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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