U.S. industrial gaming income in April grew greater than 25 p.c from April 2019, fueled by rising vaccination charges, an total optimistic pattern in shopper spending and persevering with momentum within the sports activities betting and iGaming verticals. April 2021 was industrial gaming’s second highest grossing gaming income month ever, with mixed on line casino income from conventional on line casino gaming, sports activities betting, and iGaming reaching $4.39 billion. That is down two p.c from a document $4.80 billion in March, primarily as a consequence of a 31.7 p.c drop in sports activities betting receipts from the earlier month.
Fewer working restrictions supported April’s development with eight of 25 conventional on line casino states permitting properties to function at full occupancy. Of America’s 463 industrial on line casino properties, roughly 80 p.c remained constrained to between 25 p.c (New York) and 75 p.c of full occupancy, and with lingering limitations on recreation capability and different facilities.
Conventional gaming income (slot and desk video games) in April totaled $3.79 billion, outperforming the earlier month (+0.9%) and simply 1.7 p.c shy of a document. Month-to-month income from on line casino slot machines was at an all-time excessive in April, whereas desk recreation income is now almost again to pre-pandemic ranges.
4 states—Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana and Missouri—observe on line casino admissions, permitting a have a look at income per customer and illustrating how sturdy shopper spending outlasted the unique reopening rush. When these states first welcomed patrons again in Might, June and July of final yr, casinos skilled a spike in common conventional gaming income per admission. After dipping barely within the months after reopening, with Illinois casinos shuttering for a second time in December, on-property shopper spending in these states is trending again up: April conventional on line casino gaming income per admission elevated between 23 and 49 p.c from 2019 ranges in every state.
Of the 25 industrial gaming states that had been operational two years in the past, solely 4—Maine, Illinois, Rhode Island and West Virginia—noticed complete April gaming income drop in comparison with 2019. Nonetheless, Illinois is predicted to indicate optimistic development as soon as sports activities betting knowledge is launched later this month.
Sports activities betting and iGaming boosted April numbers and helped propel total gaming income previous pre-pandemic ranges. Nationwide income from iGaming reached $299.9 million in April, the primary month-over-month decline (-3.6%) since final November.
With the early-April finish of March Insanity – historically essentially the most wagered-on occasion within the U.S. sports activities betting calendar – industrial sports activities guide income dropped 31.7 p.c from March, producing $240.Three million. Nonetheless, that is almost 4 instances (+358.7%) the nationwide maintain in April 2019, with the variety of lively industrial sports activities betting jurisdictions greater than doubling (from seven to 19) since then.
Mixed income from sports activities betting and iGaming accounted for greater than 12.5 p.c of all U.S. industrial gaming income in April, down barely from 14.eight p.c in March, however properly above pre-pandemic ranges.
Concerning the Report
AGA’s Industrial Gaming Income Tracker gives state-by-state and nationwide perception into the U.S. industrial gaming business’s monetary efficiency. Month-to-month updates on AmericanGaming.org characteristic topline figures based mostly on state income experiences whereas quarterly experiences present a extra detailed evaluation protecting the three earlier months.