July Revenue at Illinois Casinos Hits Highest Mark In Nine Years

July Revenue at Illinois Casinos Hits Highest Mark In Nine Years
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

Illinois casino revenue for July was about $133.26 million, a jump of 9% from June ($122.25 million). 

The July 2023 cumulative revenue total for the state’s 13 commercial casinos is the highest since March 2014, when it was $138.7 million. That makes July’s revenue figure the best in more than nine years in a state where Illinois sports betting has consistently delivered some of the highest handles (amount wagered) in the nation each month.

The previous revenue high for 2023 was a little more than $131 million in March.

In a same-month, year-over-year comparison, the July 2023 revenue was 8.4% higher than July 2022 ($122.9 million), according to the Illinois Gaming Board.

Breakdown of Illinois July Casino Revenue

Among the state’s 13 casinos, Rivers Casino in Des Plaines was the leader in Total Adjusted Gross Receipts (TAGR) with $47.07 million for July.

Two other casinos cracked eight-figures in TAGR: Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin with about $12.61 million, and Harrah’s Joliet with $12.2 million.

Concerning tax allocations, the state’s share was $30.68 million, up from $26.8 million in the June Illinois casino revenue report, and the local share was $7.62 million.

As usual, slots provided the lion’s share of revenues in July.  The revenue from EGDs was almost $101 million, and from tables it was $32.34 million.

Other than the top three revenue casinos, the rest of the state’s casinos were, in descending order: Hollywood Casino Aurora, $8,704,478; Hollywood Casino Joliet, $8,172,033; FHR-Illinois LLC, $7,848,887; DraftKings at Casino Queen, $7,118,667; Harrah's Metropolis Casino, $6,227,500; Hard Rock Casino Rockford, $6,092,629; Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino, $5,464,934; Bally's Quad Cities Casino & Hotel, $5,395,275; Argosy Casino Alton, $3,208,182 and Danville Development, LLC, $3,150,577.

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Bill Ordine covers state gambling issues for IllinoisBet.com. 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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