Illinois slot routes outpace casinos

Slot machines in Illinois bars, restaurants, truck stops, and convenience stores produced $228.8 million in revenue in May, more than double the amount won by the state’s casinos, according to numbers released by the Illinois Gaming Board.

Video gaming terminals number 39,752 in more than 7,710 locations, the equivalent of 31 casinos (which are limited to 1,200 slot machines apiece). The May winnings represent a 55 percent surge over 2019 — VGT locations having been closed due to COVID-19 in May 2020 — in part due to a 25 percent increase in the number of machines in the marketplace. They averaged $186 win per slot per day.


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