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.