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Friday 17 de November 2023 / 12:00

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(Washington).- Q3 2023 marked the U.S. commercial gaming industry’s best third quarter on record, generating $16.17 billion, according to the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker. The total is up 6.1 percent year-over-year and represents the 11th straight quarter of annual revenue growth.

Q3 2023 Commercial Gaming Revenue Reaches $16.17B, Marking Industry’s Highest-Grossing Third Quarter

Q3 2023 also marks the second-highest grossing commercial gaming quarter of all-time, behind Q1 2023. Despite early indicators of a slowdown in the fourth quarter, the industry is poised for a third straight record year, pacing 9.9 percent ahead of 2022 through September.

“With growth across land-based and online gaming, we are delivering career opportunities for millions of Americans and strong economic contributions to communities across the country through increased tax revenue,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller. “Our sustained momentum reflects gaming as a first-choice entertainment option for millions of American adults.”

State and local governments in gaming states saw an influx of direct gaming taxes in the third quarter. Commercial gaming operators paid an estimated $3.43 billion in taxes tied directly to gaming revenue, an increase of 4.7 percent year-over-year.

Industry revenue grew year-over-year across all verticals in Q3 2023, with both land-based casino and iGaming generating all-time quarterly records. As expected, the industry’s pace of growth slowed for a second consecutive quarter due to tougher year-over-year comparisons.

Combined traditional slot machine and table game revenue reached $12.49 billion for the quarter, up 1.8 percent year-over-year, while iGaming grossed $1.52 billion, up 26 percent year-over-year.

Combined in-person and online sports betting also recorded a strong quarter, with revenue up 22.8% percent year-over-year to $2.15 billion. This growth was mostly driven by Maryland (online), Massachusetts, Nebraska and Ohio – states that were not operational a year ago. The vertical is set for a new record year with Americans wagering $79 billion through the first nine months of 2023, a 32.7 percent increase from last year.

“Americans continue to migrate their action to the protections of legal, regulated sportsbooks in record numbers. This sustained demand only reinforces the need for federal and state enforcement against illegal, offshore operators,” added Miller.


AGA’s Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker


AGA´s Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker provides state-by-state and cumulative insight into the U.S. commercial gaming industry’s financial performance based on state revenue reports.

U.S. commercial gaming revenue grew by 6.1 percent in the third quarter of 2023, the eleventh consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth. Despite a slower pace of growth than in previous quarters, Q3 was the industry’s highest-grossing third quarter ever and second-best single quarter for commercial gaming revenue.

State regulatory disclosures, compiled by the American Gaming Association, show that aggregate commercial gaming revenue generated by land-based casinos, sports betting and iGaming reached $16.17 billion in the third quarter. Total revenue for the first nine months of 2023 stands at $48.69 billion, 9.9 percent higher than the same period in 2022. Even with potential softer Q4 revenue this year, 2023 is poised to become the third consecutive record-breaking year for the commercial gaming industry.


Quarterly gaming revenue grew year-over-year across all verticals, with single-quarter revenue records across both land-based and online casino gaming verticals.

Revenue growth in total land-based gaming—encompassing casino slots, table games and retail sports betting—accelerated from 0.9 percent in the previous quarter to 1.5 percent in Q3, reaching a total of $12.61 billion. Simultaneously, the annual revenue gains for total online gaming—iGaming and online sports betting—slowed to 26.9 percent in Q3 from 44.4 percent in Q2. Combined revenue from online sports betting and iGaming totaled $3.52 billion, accounting for 21.8 percent of total commercial gaming revenue in Q3 – the lowest share since Q3 2022.

Only one new market opened during the third quarter with Kentucky launching sports betting at a handful of retail locations (September 7) and online (September 28), though no revenue data had been released by the Bluegrass State at the time of writing.

Beyond Kentucky, commercial gaming expanded in Q3 in Illinois and South Dakota with the opening of new casinos properties in those states. Compared to the same period a year earlier, Q3 also featured new sports betting markets in Maryland (online expansion), Massachusetts, Nebraska (retail only) and Ohio.


State and local governments in gaming states saw an influx of direct gaming taxes in the third quarter. Commercial gaming operators paid an estimated $3.43 billion in taxes tied directly to gaming revenue, an increase of 4.7 percent year-over-year.

With three quarters of the year complete, the commercial gaming industry is on track to provide a record level of tax support for state and local governments: the industry has paid approximately $10.68 billion in gaming taxes during the first nine months, 9.9 percent more than the same period in 2022.

Note that these gaming tax figures only cover specific state and local taxes directly linked to gaming revenue that are reported monthly or quarterly. Fees that are levied on an annual basis are not covered, nor are sports betting excise tax payments to the federal government. The figures also do not encompass the billions of additional tax dollars paid by the industry on income, sales, payroll or various corporate taxes.


Among the 33 commercial gaming jurisdictions operational one year ago and where complete data is available through September, 17 experienced an increase in third quarter revenue from 2022. Five states set new single-quarter records including Nevada and New Jersey, the country’s two largest commercial gaming markets.

In Nevada, gaming revenue grew 2.9 percent year-over-year, reaching $3.88 billion. The surge was propelled by a record-breaking quarter for Strip casinos ($741.2M) and the highest Baccarat win in state history: $458.4 million, a 50.1 percent increase year-over-year.

Meanwhile, New Jersey’ highest-ever gaming win of $1.56 billion, up 8.6 percent year-over-year, came as the state noted new quarterly highs for both iGaming ($469.6M) and sports betting ($268.2M), while Atlantic City casinos experience their second-best quarter ever for land-based slot machines and table games ($816.8M).

Among states with year-over-year quarterly declines, most states saw low single digit percentage drops while the sports betting-only markets of Montana (-6.9%), New Hampshire (-18.7%) and Washington, D.C. (-33.2%) experienced the sharpest declines.

Looking ahead to full year results, most states are poised to exceed their 2022 revenue totals. Year-to-date, seven jurisdictions remained flat or experienced changes of less than one percent compared to 2022. Three jurisdictions—Indiana (-2.0%), Mississippi (-3.5%) and Washington, D.C. (-11.1%)—trailed last year’s pace through September more significantly.


At the property level, six out of the top 20 highest grossing commercial casinos outside of Nevada reported higher combined land-based gaming revenue from slot machines, table games and retail sports betting compared to the third quarter of 2022.

Once again, Resorts World NYC was the leading revenue generating property outside of Nevada while the Borgata moved ahead of MGM National Harbor to become the second highest-grossing casino for the quarter. Other noteworthy changes include: Hard Rock Atlantic City (up to 6 from 10), Southland (AR) (19 from 22) and Hollywood at Charles Town (WV) (18 from 21).


In the third quarter, traditional brick-and-mortar casino gaming continued to deliver robust quarterly revenue growth from slot machines and table games reaching $12.49 billion, a 1.8 percent increase year-over-year. This surpassed the previous high of $12.30 billion in Q1 2023, with July setting a single-monthly record with $4.40 billion. Q3 was boosted by summer holiday travel and new casino openings in Illinois and South Dakota.

Both slot and table revenue set individual quarterly records in Q3, with casino slot machine revenue growing by 1.7 percent year-over-year to $8.98 billion and table games growing 3.8 percent year-over-year to $2.64 billion. The separate slot and table game figures do not include data from Louisiana and Michigan, though their aggregates are captured in the combined figure.

On a state level, among the 27 states offering traditional casino gaming a year ago, 11 experienced an increase in combined revenue from slot and table games during the third quarter.

Looking at the first nine months of 2023, traditional revenue is 3.1 percent higher nationwide compared to the same period last year and 20 out of 27 states are tracking ahead of their 2022 performance.

In the Midwest, traditional revenue at two of Iowa’s three top-grossing casinos in the Council Bluffs market continued to trail last year following the launch of slot gaming in eastern Nebraska in late 2022.

Meanwhile, Indiana experienced a 3.3 percent decline in traditional casino revenue through September, driven by year-to-date dips across markets, including a 5.5 percent decrease in the Cincinnati area and a 5.1 percent drop in the Chicagoland market, likely influenced by continued expansion across the border in Illinois.

Four new casinos have opened in Illinois since the start of the year, including two in the Chicagoland market, propelling traditional casino revenue to the strongest year in a decade. After the first nine months, slot machines and table games at Illinois casinos had generated $1.12 billion, up 11.8 percent year-over-year. Even still, same-store revenue saw an annual increase of 4.2 percent, reaching the highest level since 2017.

In the South, Mississippi revenue growth continues to be stymied by a 9.2 percent decline in the northern part of the state as activity at Southland Casino across the border in Arkansas continues to grow.

In Louisiana, traditional revenue is down 2.5 percent after nine months. Casinos in the New Orleans market witnessed the sharpest decline through September (-9.3%), followed by Bossier City/Shreveport (-4.8%) and Baton Rouge (-3.9%). The revamped Horseshoe Lake Charles continued to drive overall positive growth for the Lake Charles market (+3.9). While not under pressure from increased cross-border competition, the statewide decline can be traced to a 9.2 percent dip in visitation coupled with a 4.0 percent decline in average casino win per visitor.


In the third quarter, traditionally marked by a slower sports calendar at the height of summer, the pace of sports betting expansion slowed compared to Q2. Despite this, quarterly sports wagering revenue reached $2.15 billion, a 22.8 percent annual increase over the same period last year. Nearly all of this growth comes from the $358.7 million in sportsbook winnings in Maryland (online expansion), Massachusetts, Nebraska (retail only) and Ohio – markets that were not operational one year ago. Excluding these new markets, Q3 2023 sports betting revenue was up 2.7 percent year-over-year.

Americans bet $23.02 billion on sports in the third quarter, 32.7 percent more than the previous year. The acceleration in handle was relatively fast compared to the growth in revenue, reflecting a decrease in the hold rates across several jurisdictions.

Through September, commercial sports betting remains on a track for another record-setting year. Revenue reached $7.11 billion through the first nine months, 51.0 percent higher than the same period last year and nearly matching the full-year 2022 revenue of $7.18 billion. Year-to-date handle stands at $78.67 billion, a 22.9 percent annual increase.

Note that September sports betting data for Illinois and Kentucky had not been released at the time of writing.


The iGaming vertical continued its robust growth with $1.52 billion in third quarter revenue, up 22.6 percent compared to Q3 2022 and a new single-quarter record. At the state level, iGaming set new quarterly revenue records in Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. After three strong quarters, iGaming is on track for another record year with year-to-date revenue of $4.49 billion, 23.8 percent ahead of the same period last year.

The quarterly record nationwide came on the cusp of the ten-year anniversary of full-scale iGaming operations, with Delaware and New Jersey having accepted the first online casino wagers in November 2013. Since then, America’s six full-scale iGaming markets have generated a combined $16.32 billion in iGaming revenue. Despite only being legal in six states, iGaming revenue has translated into more than $4 billion in state and local taxes.


Tags: American Gaming Association,

País: United States

Región: North America



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