Illinois Video Gaming Machines Record Over $2 Billion In Wagers
Illinois bettors wagered over $2 billion at video gaming terminals in December. The state will receive $717.7 million in VGT gaming taxes in 2021.
$717 million in tax revenue from VGTs was more than the combined $643.7 million collected by Pennsylvania, Michigan, and New Jersey’s online casino operations through the first 11 months of the year.
Illinois casinos won big in 2021. They collected $248.7 million in casino gaming taxes. Rivers Des Plaines, Grand Victoria and Harrah’s Joliet casinos earned $458.2 million and $137.5 million respectively.
Two more casinos are coming to Illinois. Full House Resorts will operate the future American Place Casino in Waukegan and will open a temporary casino in July 2022. Wind Creek Casino was the winning bid for the south suburban license and is scheduled to open in mid-2023.