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May 2023 Casino Revenue Up 4.7% On The Year In Illinois

Written By Katarina Vojvodic on June 12, 2023
Casino Lighted Frame with Illinois Casinos and May 2023 revenue

Illinois Gaming Board issued the latest monthly report detailing information on Illinois casinos’ admissions, receipts and gaming data.

During May, casinos in Illinois generated more than $122 million in total adjusted gross receipts (AGR).

The revenue figure represents a 4.7% monthly decrease compared to April when AGR was more than $128 million. Interestingly, May 2023 revenue represents a 4.7% yearly uptick compared to May 2022, which was $116.57 million.

The state collected over $23.91 million in taxes, whereas the local share was $6.97 million.

Rivers Casino in Des Plaines leads the way

Out of 13 Illinois casinos, Rivers Casino in Des Plaines near Chicago was the leader in gaming revenue. It is also the only gaming venue to collect more than the previous month.

Throughout May, Rivers Casino collected more than $46.64 million, four times more than the next most successful Illinois casino.

Here’s the full May report by the Illinois Gaming Board of Illinois casinos’ total adjusted gross receipts:

  1. Rivers Casino: $46.64 million (an increase from $45.38 million generated last month)
  2. Grand Victoria Casino: $12 million (over a $1.5 million decrease from $13.64 million generated in April)
  3. Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel: $10.36 million (a monthly drop from $12.25 million)
  4. Hollywood Casino Aurora: $7.83 million (a drop from April’s $9.10 million)
  5. Hollywood Casino Joliet: $7.31 million (a decline from $8.30 generated in April)
  6. DraftKings at Casino Queen: $6.82 million (almost the same as last month)
  7. FHR-Illinois LLC: $6.39 million (a drop from $6.83 million generated in April)
  8. Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino: almost $5.65 million (a decrease from April’s $5.55 million)
  9. Hard Rock Casino Rockford: nearly $5.61 million (a month-on-month decrease from $6.25 million)
  10. Harrah’s Metropolis Casino: $5.61 million (a decrease from April’s $5.99 million)
  11. Bally’s Quad Cities Casino & Hotel: $4.74 million (a month-over-month decrease from $5.25 million)
  12. Argosy Casino Alton: almost $2.71 million (a monthly decrease from $2.75 million)
  13. Danville Development: $365,864. The casino worked for only six days in May.

Legalizing online casinos in Illinois will not happen this year

May was also the month when hopes for online gambling in Illinois, died, at least for 2023.

Earlier this year, the state legislators introduced bills in the General Assembly. Some of them include:

  • Internet Gaming Act, HB2239, introduced by Representative Edgar Rodriguez
  • Internet Gaming Act, SB1655, introduced in February by Senator Cristina Castro
  • Internet Gaming Act, HB2320, filed by Representative Jonathan Carroll

And even though bills to legalize Illinois online casinos failed, lawmakers may still want to give it more tries in 2024.

According to PlayIllinois‘ calculation, the state could be losing nearly $105 million a year in tax revenue by not legalizing online casinos.

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Katarina Vojvodic is a lead writer for PlayUSA who lives in Toronto. Vojvodic provides coverage of the US gambling industry with a focus on US online casinos. Previously, she covered Ontario’s online gambling industry for PlayCanada.com. Vojvodic holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Belgrade. Outside working hours, she can be found near the water with her husband and their two kids.

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