July 16, 2021 3 min read


VGT Gaming in Illinois Has Taken Control

The state of Illinois had a very successful month last month with its video gaming terminals (VGT), which reported revenue that was a bit over $213 million. That is a massive increase compared to the last two years as the revenue is 57% higher than the VGT revenue made in June 2019. One of the reasons why the revenue had such a massive increase is that the number of VGTs has increased by 25% in these two years.

The Leaders in Revenue

When it comes to the highest-profit makers in June, J&J Ventures takes the number-one spot, as it had a $63.9 million revenue. Accel Entertainment was right below with $60.3 million gross revenue. The top three list is concluded with Gold Rush Amusements, which had $19.8 million in revenue. It may be far less than the other two, but it’s still decent.

The final ranked inductee on the list is Prairie State Gaming, with $11.4 million in gross revenue. It is worth noting that no other operator managed to record a revenue north of $10 million.

Win Per Day

The average win per VGT unit per day in Illinois was $177. With that being said, Gold Rush is the top-ranked operator with a $199 win per unit per day. J&J came in second (with $186), Prairie State Gaming was third ($175) and Accel was last ($157). As can be seen, some players were able to bag a good profit, but of course, they achieved that because they know the mechanics of these games.

Casino Revenues in Illinois

In the same period, all casinos in Illinois had $105 million in revenue. While that is decent, compared to the gross in June 2019, it is down by 5%. Only two casinos recorded positive revenues – Rivers Casino Des Plaines and Argosy Belle. Rivers Casino Des Plaines had a 9% increase in revenue as it grossed $41.3 million, while Argosy Belle had a 315% increase in revenue, but grossed $3 million.

The biggest loser in north Illinois was Penn National Gaming’s Empress. This casino recorded a 28.5% decline. Next, Penn’s Hollywood Aurora had a 7.5% decline, Harrah’s Joliet had a 5.3% decline and finally, Caesars Entertainment-owned Grand Victoria in Elgin had a 5% decline.

Mid-Illinois casinos also suffered some losses. Boyd Gaming’s Par-A-Dice was down by 7.8% and Jumer’s Casino Rock Island had a massive drop of 34.2%. As for the south, DraftKings at Casino Queen, located in East St. Louis, had a 37% drop and Harrah’s Metropolis had a 13.6% drop.

Filip Mishevski has been covering online gambling and cryptocurrencies for the past few years. He has written countless articles, how-to-guides, insights and news, and is keen on sharing his extensive knowledge in the aforementioned fields. He’s very passionate about soccer and MMA and is interested in how the online gambling industry will shape our future and thus, influence our lives.

1 Comment

  • Billy Cox
    January 29, 2022 at 1:33 am

    How bout this give us poor or middle pay something to hope for because there ain’t nothing to do being a poor average and living in poverty and if think about the don’t need all the fun so what a man goes and plays he ain’t home drunk and he ain’t out robbing and stealing ..and is it really that bad

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