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.
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.