Illinois Casinos Cap Off Impressive Year with December Report

Illinois Casinos Cap Off Impressive Year with December Report
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

The 2023 fiscal year was a solid one in Illinois, with casinos in the Land of Lincoln posting more than $1.5 billion in revenue on the heels of a solid final month of the year.

Overall, Illinois casinos reported $141,227,206 in gaming revenue in December, which represented an 8.3% jump from November’s total of $130,364,757. There are no legal Illinois online casinos.

The facilities also saw increases in electronic gaming device (EGD) revenue, from $97,231,208 in November to $107,441,166 in December, as well as table games revenue, which grew from $33,133,549 in November to $33,786,040 in December.

Substantial Increase Over 2022

In total, Illinois casinos reported a 12.8% year-over-year increase in casino revenues, finishing 2023 at $1,521,540,973, up from the $1,348,662,504 the operators took in during the 2022 fiscal year.

The state’s casino operators saw month-over-month gains in seven different months during the 2023 fiscal year, with the largest gains coming in March (13.9%), July (9.0%) and December (8.3%). Conversely, the biggest drop-off, revenue-wise, for Illinois casinos was in August, a 6.6% decline from July’s total of $133,258,227, finishing the month at $124,438,614.

The largest monthly casino handle in 2023 was December’s $141,227,206 total, beating out July’s $133,258,227 figure. March, September and November also had revenues in excess of $130 million. In 2023, the state generated $1,152,760,262 from EGDs and another $368,780,710 from table games — both of which exceeded Illinois’ totals from the 2021 and 2022 fiscal years.

Illinois sports betting numbers should be reported next week.

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

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