Detroit Casinos Bring in $108.2 Million of Revenue for November

By Jim Tomlin

Detroit’s three commercial land-based casinos made $108.2 million in revenue for November, a slight drop from October’s total from table games, slots and retail sports betting.

MGM Grand Detroit had the highest share of Michigan gaming revenue for the month at 46%. That facility made $48.29 million in revenue last month.

MotorCity Casino ($33.04 million, 32% of market share) and Greektown Casino ($22.53 million, 22% share) rounded out the revenue figures for November, according to the Michigan Gaming Control Board.


Casino Figures Down 5.2% from October

The $103.86 million from slots and table games combined was the lowest for the three Detroit casinos combined since February ($86.4 million), continuing a trend across some other states that have legal casino gaming.

Including sports betting, the total casino revenue figure of $108.2 million was down 5.2% from the October total of $114.1 million.

Still, those totals are more than double what they were one year earlier, when closures and restrictions related to COVID-19 were in effect. In November 2020 the total adjusted gross receipts from the Detroit casinos added up to $48.1 million.


In November 2021, the casinos paid $8.4 million in state taxes and nearly $13 million in taxes to the city.

Of course, the three brick-and-mortar casinos in the Motor City are far from the only gaming options in Michigan. Online casino options abound in the state and there are more than two dozen tribal casinos as well.

At the start of this year, Michigan became one of the few states where online poker is available, joining New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and Nevada.

Just last week, BetMGM Casino announced that it was offering PartyPoker US Network’s Cheap Stakes and New Year Knockout Weekend tournaments for the state’s online poker players. PokerStars is also offering its “25 Days of Tournaments” event until Dec. 30.


Retail Sports Betting Handle Down, Revenue Up

As for retail Michigan sports betting at the Detroit casinos, the handle fell 22%, from $34.2 million in October to $26.7 million in December.

But the revenue rose sharply, with qualified adjusted gross receipts going from $2.64 million in October to $4.33 million. That was an increase of 63.7%.


Figures from online sportsbook app Michigan options will be released later this month.

December figures to be a huge month for sports betting in Michigan, with the NFL nearing the playoffs, the Michigan and Michigan State basketball season in full swing and, perhaps most of all, Michigan Wolverines football being in the College Football Playoff. Jim Harbaugh’s team will meet Georgia in the CFP semifinals on Dec. 31 in the Orange Bowl.

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Florida resident Jim Tomlin writes and edits for GreatLakesStakes.com. In 30 years as a journalist he has worked for publications such as the Tampa Bay Times, Saturday Tradition, Saturday Down South and FanRag.
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Florida resident Jim Tomlin writes and edits for GreatLakesStakes.com. In 30 years as a journalist he has worked for publications such as the Tampa Bay Times, Saturday Tradition, Saturday Down South and FanRag.
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