Illinois Gaming Summary
The Riverboat Gambling Act (Act) was enacted in February 1990, making Illinois the second state in the nation to legalize riverboat gambling. The Riverboat Gambling Act authorizes the Gaming Board to grant up to ten casino licenses. On September 11, 1991, the first riverboat casino began operations in Alton.
The Riverboat Gambling Act created the Illinois Gaming Board (Board). The five-member Board, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate, administers a regulatory and tax collection system for riverboat casino gambling in Illinois. The Board's staff performs audit, legal, enforcement, investigative and financial analysis activities to ensure the integrity of gambling in Illinois as mandated by the Riverboat Gambling Act. The Board's staff includes more than 75 direct agency employees, a detail of 65 Illinois State Police personnel.
Each riverboat gaming license authorizes up to 1,200 gaming positions and allows each licensee to operate up to two vessels at a single, specified docksite. Those casinos that operate two boats cannot have more than 1,200 gaming positions between both vessels. Patrons visiting the casinos must be 21 years of age to be admitted to gambling areas each operation. The Riverboat Gambling Act requires that all wagering in the casinos be cashless. Riverboat patrons are required to use tokens, chips or electronic cards for wagering.
These pages contain comparative yearly data for all riverboat casinos in Illinois, as well as links to detailed annual summaries.
Taxation: The Riverboat Gambling Act imposes two taxes on riverboat gambling operations, a wagering tax and a tax on admissions.
Effective August 23, 2005 the admissions tax was set at $2 a person for patrons of Casino Rock Island. For all other licensees the admissions tax was set at $3 per person.
Effective July 1, 2005 the wagering tax is as follows:
15 percent of Adjusted Gross Revenues (AGR) up to and including $25 million;
For more information about Illinois gaming regulation, see http://www.igb.state.il.us/.
Development: The first lottery tickets were sold in Illinois in July 1974.
Beneficiaries: The lottery contributes approximately 33 cents of every dollar wagered to the Common School Fund (state aid to schools).
For more information, see http://www.illinoislottery.com
|Casino Gaming Statistics|
The first table charts the number of casinos, admissions, adjusted gross revenue, win per person, tax, and the percentages of slot machine and table game revenue to the total revenue from 1991 until the present.
The second table charts slot machine data: number of devices, slot drop, slot revenue, win percentage, and average daily win per slot machine per day from 1991 to the present.
The third table charts table game data: number of tables, table drop, table revenue, win percentage, and average daily win per table per day from 1991 to the present.
Slot Breakdown by Year
*The total value for the number of machines is an average of monthly figures. The values for 1995 and on are end-of-the-year figures.
Table Breakdown by Year
Annual data (detailed): Illinois riverboats, 1991 - Illinois riverboats, 1992 - Illinois riverboats, 1993 - Illinois riverboats, 1994 - Illinois riverboats, 1995 - Illinois riverboats, 1996 - Illinois riverboats, 1997 - Illinois riverboats, 1998 - Illinois riverboats, 1999 - Illinois riverboats, 2000 - Illinois riverboats, 2001 - Illinois riverboats, 2002 - Illinois riverboats, 2003 - Illinois riverboats, 2004 - Illinois riverboats, 2005 - Illinois riverboats, 2006 - Illinois riverboats, 2007
|Lottery statistics (fiscal year)|
Total sales reflects all money wagered on the lottery in the fiscal year in question. Total revenue is total sales plus interest earned on the lottery fund balance and miscellaneous revenue sources . Prize liability is the total amount of prize money paid back to winners. Net Revenue (before operating expenses) is the total revenue minus vendor and retailer commissions and prize payouts. Prize and net revenue percentages are taken from the total revenues.
This project was made possible by a grant from the UNLV Libaries Advisory Board and greatly enhanced by the diligent work of Saro Oknaian.
For information about how to contribute to UNLV Center for Gaming Research and Special Collections development efforts, go here.
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