February Casino Revenue In Illinois Up 18% Year-Over-Year

Written By Nicholaus Garcia on March 9, 2023 - Last Updated on March 10, 2023
February 2023 Revenue Illinois Casinos

After kicking off the year with over $112.6 million in gaming revenue, Illinois casinos followed it up with another excellent month. 

For February, the 11 gaming facilities reported over $115 million in total gaming revenue. The excellent February is an 18% year-over-year increase from February 2022. 

Slot machines continue a 2023 hot streak

According to data from the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB), total adjusted gross receipts for February totaled $115,016,246.

Revenue by sector:

  • Slot revenue: $88,046,772
  • Table game revenue: $26,969,472

As it was in January, Rivers Casino in Des Plaines continues to be the top revenue leader in the state. Rivers Casino reported over $43 million in gaming revenue for the month, up from the $31 million generated in 2022.

Rivers Casino Des Plaines casino numbers:

  • Slot revenue: $26,942,513
  • Table game revenue: $16,059,583
  • Admissions: 233,810

The other top earners in Illinois were Grand Victoria Casino and Harrah’s Joliet Casino & HotelGrand Victoria generated roughly $12 million in gaming revenue, while Harrah’s reported over $10 million.

It should be noted figures released by the IGB do not include in-person sports betting. The gaming board releases Illinois sports betting numbers separately.

Illinois casinos furnish over $15 million in state tax revenue

As for tax revenue, Illinois casinos contributed over $15 million in tax revenue. That’s an increase of about $4 million from 2022. Local municipalities received $6.5 million, up from the $5.2 million collected a year ago.

Tax contribution by property (state share):

  • Rivers Casino: $7,467,664
  • Grand Victoria Casino: $1,363,048
  • Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel: $1,179,752
  • Hollywood Casino Aurora: $925,357

The state patiently awaits the debut of Bally’s Chicago casino, which has the potential to rival Rivers in terms of revenue, attendance and contributions to state coffers. 

In February, Illinois regulators approved a license for the Medinah Temple, which will serve as Bally’s temporary casino. The company said it hopes to have its temporary location up and running by June.

When the casino’s permanent location is built, it will include several amenities, including:

  • A 500-room hotel
  • 3,000-seat theater
  • 11 restaurants
  • Nearly 4,000 gaming positions
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Nick Garcia is a senior reporter for PlayUSA. Garcia provides analysis and in-depth coverage of the gambling industry with a key focus on online casinos, sports betting and financial markets. Garcia has been covering the US gambling market since 2017. He attended Texas Tech University as an undergrad and received a Master of Arts in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago.

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