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Illinois Casino Revenue Jumps More Than 4% Year-Over-Year

Written By J.R. Duren | Updated:
April gambling slump felt at Illinois casinos

Illinois casinos generated $128.1 million in revenue in April, up from April 2022’s total of $122.5 million.

Despite the nice year-on-year uptick, casino revenue fell 2.26% month-on-month. In March, Illinois’ 12 properties tallied more than $131 million. That monthly drop is likely due to March having one more day than April. The daily revenue totals bear this out.

Casinos generated around $4.27 million a day in April, compared to $4.22 million in March.

Eight casinos in Illinois saw month-on-month revenue drop

Eight of Illinois’ 12 casinos saw a monthly revenue drop. Argosy Casino Alton saw the biggest drop, followed by Par-A-Dice, Ballys’ Quad City, DraftKings at Casino Queen, and The Temporary at American Place:

  • Argosy Casino Alton: -10.15%
  • Par-A-Dice: -9.72%
  • Ballys’ Quad City: -8.17%
  • DraftKings at Casino Queen: -7.61%
  • The Temporary at American Place: -6.38%

Rivers Casino, the state’s top revenue generator, saw a 6.22% decline from $48.20 million to $45.38 million.

CasinoApril 2023 RevenueMarch 2023 RevenueMonth-on-Month ChangeApril 2022 RevenueYear-on-Year Change
Argosy Casino Alton$2,753,724.51 $3,033,118.04-10.15%$2,963,323.35-7.61%
Bally's Quad Cities Casino & Hotel$5,253,097.41 $3,033,118.04-8.17%$5,042,673.834.01%
DraftKings at Casino Queen$6,821,699.33 $7,340,709.73 -7.61%$7,650,727.92 -12.15%
The Temporary by American Place$6,832,480.07$7,268,301.22 -6.38%N/AN/A
Grand Victoria Casino$13,636,575.77$13,410,858.261.66%$13,987,512.47-2.57%
Hard Rock Casino Rockford$6,254,123.11 $5,826,070.306.84%$5,146,842.60 17.70%
Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel$12,248,538.62$11,343,344.11 7.39%$12,408,322.88 -1.30%
Harrah's Metropolis Casino$5,988,243.34$5,485,474.93 8.40%$5,852,410.41 2.27%
Hollywood Casino Aurora$9,102,580.88$8,766,696.133.69%$9,349,693.77 -2.71%
Hollywood Casino Joliet$8,306,012.73 $8,576,615.10 -3.26%$7,990,575.12 3.80%
Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino$5,550,343.25 $6,089,675.01 -9.72%$5,878,349.66-5.91%
Rivers Casino$45,380,449.02 $48,202,388.13-6.22%$46,230,709.38 -1.87%
Total$128,127,868.04 $131,025,422.79-2.26%$122,501,141.394.39%

Despite April having one less business day than March, four casinos managed to increase their month-on-month revenue:

  • Harrah’s Metropolitan Casino: 8.40%
  • Harrah’s Joliet Casino: 7.39%
  • Hard Rock Casino Rockford: 6.84%
  • Hollywood Casino Aurora: 3.69%

Year-on-year totals buoyed by The Temporary at American Place

Like March, The Temporary at American Place steadied year-on-year revenue totals. The temporary casino opened in mid-February. And, in April it generated $6.83 million. That total accounted for all of the year-on-year gains Illinois casinos had, plus an additional $1.21 million.

In other words, with The Temporary, casino revenue saw a 4.39% increase year-on-year. Without The Temporary? Revenue dropped around 1%.

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J.R. Duren has covered the gambling beats for more than a dozen states for Catena Media since 2015. His past reporting experience includes two years at the Villages Daily Sun, and he is a first-place winner at the Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Contest.

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