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Michigan casino revenue doubles to $1.3bn in 2021

| By Nosa Omoigui
Detroit's three casinos – MGM Grand, MotorCity and Greektown – have reported revenue of $1.29bn for 2021, representing a 102.5% increase from 2020.

MGM Grand accounted for 43% of Detroit’s casino revenue, with MotorCity contributing 35% and Penn National’s Greektown the remaining 22%.

Slot games were the largest contributor to the total with $998.8m, or 77% of revenue. Table games contributed a further $268.0m (21% of casino revenue), with $27.0m coming from retail sports betting amounting to 2% of the revenue total.

For sports betting, Greektown led the way with revenue of $9.5m. MGM Grand’s sports betting revenue came to $8.8m, while MotorCity added $8.7m.

The casinos paid a combined total of $102.6 million in wagering taxes to the state of Michigan, compared with $50.3 million in 2020. $1.3m of retail sports betting tax was also submitted to the city of Detroit.

For December 2021, revenue from the three casinos totaled $112.5m. $111.4m came from table games and slots – a 405.0% increase on December 2020 when the casinos were closed due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Sports betting revenue added a further $1.1m.

MGM’s $51.4m revenue in December was up 576.5% from 2020.

MotorCity reported a 284.9% increase to $35.0m, and Greektown’s revenue of $35.0m was up 365.9% year-on-year.

The combined betting handle for the three casinos came to $30.1m in December.

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