Winners and losers
Six months into the year, the video gambling machines in bars and restaurants across the state now pull in more revenue than all but one Illinois casino, including the mighty Grand Victoria in Elgin that used to be the biggest cash-generator in the state.
In June, the video poker and slot machines in bars beeped and dinged their way to $23.2 million in revenue before taxes statewide. That number is only growing.
In the same month, the Grand Victoria pulled in $16.7 million. Harrah’s in Joliet did $16.9 million.
The Rivers Casino in Des Plaines is still king at $35.2 million in June, but look for bars’ video gambling to keep creeping up, perhaps making it the biggest “casino” in Illinois.