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Illinois Casino Revenue Dropped Over $3 Million Monthly In October

Written By J.R. Duren on November 14, 2023
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Illinois’ October casino revenue was a mix of good and bad news.

Bally’s Chicago, the state’s newest casino and the only property in Chicago, posted $7.6 million in revenue last month, good enough for fourth among the state’s 15 casinos, according to data released by the Illinois Gaming Board.

Overall, casinos brought in $129,042,988 in revenue, down 2.4% compared to September but up 11.3% year-on-year.

Only three Illinois casinos post gains in October

October casino revenue totals dropped by more than $3 million month-on-month in Illinois. Twelve of fifteen casinos saw declines.

Of those 12 casinos, three had double-digit losses:

  • Walker’s Bluff: -26.1%
  • Argosy Casino: -11.8%
  • Hollywood Casino Joliet: 10.9%

Rivers Casino, the perennial top revenue-earner in the state, posted a 4.43% increase month-on-month, tempering the state’s overall decline.

Bally’s Chicago eclipsed $7.6 million in its first full month of operation, marking a 13.93% increase over its September revenue numbers.

Hard Rock Casino Rockford, the only other casino to have month-on-month growth, saw its revenue rise around $60,000.

CasinoOctober 2023 RevenueSeptember 2023 RevenueMonth-on-Month ChangeOctober 2022 RevenueYear-on-Year Change
Argosy Casino$2,626,213$2,977,005-11.78%$2,924,410.00-10.20%
Bally's Chicago$7,608,826$6,678,43113.93%N/AN/A
Bally's Quad Cities Casino & Hotel$5,129,767$5,232,158-1.96%$4,703,449.009.06%
Golden Nugget Danville$3,039,214$3,340,238-9.01%N/AN/A
DraftKings at Casino Queen$6,037,496$6,472,943-6.73%$6,387,238.00-5.48%
The Temporary at American Place$7,269,093$7,818,091-7.02%N/AN/A
Grand Victoria Casino$11,785,317$12,428,576-5.18%$12,794,789.00-7.89%
Hard Rock Casino Rockford$5,803,900$5,739,9681.11%$4,944,234.0017.39%
Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel$10,110,350$10,950,775-7.67%$11,577,354.00-12.67%
Harrah's Metropolis Casino$4,979,965$5,311,677-6.24%$5,359,237.00-7.08%
Hollywood Casino Aurora$7,593,706$8,316,683-8.69%$8,184,107.00-7.21%
Hollywood Casino Joliet$6,773,787$7,603,428-10.91%$7,468,244.00-9.30%
Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino$4,864,220$4,927,046-1.28%$5,130,410-5.19%
Rivers Casino$43,290,389$41,453,3094.43%$46,484,912-6.87%
Walker's Bluff Casino Resort$2,130,745$2,883,917-26.12%N/AN/A

Year-on-year numbers boosted by casino openings

While Illinois’ month-on-month revenue was down 2.3%, its year-on-year picture was more positive.

Revenue was up $13.1 million compared to October 2022, thanks to three new casinos opening. However, when adjusted for casinos that were not open in October 2022, total revenue was actually down nearly $7 million.

Additionally, only two casinos saw year-on-year gains: Bally’s Quad Cities and Hard Rock Rockford. The two casinos were up 9.1% and 17.4%, respectively.

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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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