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Report: Rivers Casino makes $35M in May

The Rivers Casino in Des Plaines made $35.2 million last month and continues to outpace other riverboats in the state, according to figures released by the Illinois Gaming Board.

The Des Plaines casino remains well-ahead of its competitors, like the Grand Victoria in Elgin and the Harrah’s Joliet, which brought in about $18.7 million and $17.8 million, respectively. Still, Rivers’ revenue in May dipped by less than 1 percent compared to April, when it made $35.5 million, according to the report.

The state’s remaining seven casinos posted revenues from $7.3 million to $12.6 million, documents show. With the exception of the Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria, all the casinos in Illinois saw some kind of decline in adjusted gross receipts. Par-A-Dice made a minimal gain — roughly $46,000 — in May, the report states.

Admissions figures for the Rivers Casino jumped by 4 percent between April and May, from 322,098 to 335,875. All but two of the state’s casinos also saw increases in attendance, according to the report.

In April, the Des Plaines casino raked in nearly twice as much as the Grand Victoria in Elgin and the Harrah’s Joliet, which made $19.1 million and $18.9 million, respectively.

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