Chicago Tribune – Dec 9, 2011
The Rivers Casino in Des Plaines grossed a little more than $32 million last month, up from $30.7 million in October, reports show.
Meanwhile, Des Plaines has taken in roughly $6.6 million in wagering and admission taxes through October from the casino since it opened in mid-July, according to the city’s finance department. The city is obligated to pay $10 million to the state every year for the next 30 years, and officials have not said when Des Plaines will allocate that amount.
A monthly report from the Illinois Gaming Board states that the newest gambling site led the pack in November, as it has in recent months, taking in nearly as much as the Harrah’s Joliet and Grand Victoria casinos combined.
Harrah’s Joliet took in the second largest amount of money — roughly $16.9 million — beating the Grand Victoria in Elgin, which grossed $16.8 million, reports state.
The River’s revenues were $30.1 million in September.
Tom Swoik, executive director of the Illinois Casino Gaming Association, said he believes Rivers Casino will be the state’s leader for the foreseeable future. A number of factors could have led to the casino’s revenue increase in November, he said, including the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and a possible jump in promotions.