Illinois Revenue at Casinos Dips Slightly in September

Illinois Revenue at Casinos Dips Slightly in September

The revenue at the 10 commercial casinos in Illinois fell very slightly in September compared to August.

The state’s casinos combined for $106,264,763 of total adjusted gross receipts, derived from table games and electronic gaming devices (EGDs) combined, for September. That was a 1.5% decrease from the $107,933,672 of revenue in August.

The margin was extremely close – in fact by Illinois gambling daily average, September, at $3.54 million per day over 30 days, was actually higher than August ($3.48 million), which has 31 days.

The EGDs statewide took in $78.36 million for September and the table games collected $27.91 million in revenue, according to figures from the Illinois Gaming Board.

Illinois took in $27.2 million in taxes from its casinos for the month and the local share of taxes was $6 million. Total admissions statewide were also down slightly, from 720,257 to 715,155.

Illinois Casino Revenue Breakdown

The top facility in Illinois was Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, which pulled in $42.87 million in revenue for September, or about 40.3% of the state’s total. Rivers is on the northwest edge of Chicago, just east of O’Hare Airport. Rivers took in $26.2 million from EGDs and $16.6 million from table games.

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The second-best performing operation in the state for September was Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin, about 40 miles west of Chicago, with about $13 million in revenue. Next was Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel at $12.2 million.

The rest of the casinos in Illinois, listed by revenue, were: Hollywood Casino Aurora ($8.55 million), Hollywood Casino Joliet ($7.6 million), DraftKings at Casino Queen ($5.94 million), Par-A-Dice ($4.8 million), Harrah’s Metropolis ($4.7 million), Bally’s Quad Cities ($3.65 million) and Argosy Alton ($2.69 million).

In a year-over-year comparison, Illinois casinos were well ahead of 12 months earlier, which of course was a year deeply affected by closures and restrictions related to COVID-19. In September 2020, the casinos in the Land of Lincoln combined for $81.77 million in revenue.

So far in 2021, the first full year that figures have been reported, Illinois casinos have combined for $864.4 million in revenue.



Jim Tomlin

Jim Tomlin is a writer and editor for He has been a journalist for 30 years, with experience at publications such as the Tampa Bay Times, Saturday Tradition, Saturday Down South and FanRag.

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