Michigan made headlines last year when it legalized online casino gaming, but that hasn’t overshadowed its booming land-based casino industry.
In 2021, which was a difficult year for many land casinos across the world, Michigan casinos doubled their revenue to $1.3 billion.
A closer look at the numbers
Michigan has three casinos based in the capital city Detroit; the MGM Grand Detroit, MotorCity Casino, and GreekTown Casino.
The $1.3 billion in revenue was reported between the three.
- The number represents a 103% gain in revenue year on year.
- Slot machines accounted for 77% of the revenue at $998.8 million.
- Table games brought in 21% of the revenue with $268 million.
- Sports betting also accounted for 2%, bringing in $26.95 million.
It’s important to note that the year-on-year growth is so inflated because 2020 was a particularly difficult year for Michigan casino operators. That year, with the global health crisis in full swing, the casinos only brought in $639 million. However, the year before, in 2019, they brought in $1.45 billion, meaning this year’s revenue fell slightly short of that record.
Of the three casinos, the MGM Grand came out on top with the most revenue.
- The MGM Grand had 43 percent of the market share.
- MotorCity had a market share of 35 percent.
- GreekTown came in third with 22 percent of the market.
How much did all of this gambling activity generate for the state of Michigan in taxes? $102.6 million; no small sum by any stretch of the imagination.
Michigan live casino games now operational
The action on table games in Detroit’s three live casinos in impressive. It indicates a strong desire for Michiganders to play blackjack, roulette, baccarat, and other casino table and card games.
Many of these same players tried Evolution’s suite of live casino games during the lockdowns. It remains to be seen if they’ll make live casino gaming a part of their regular gaming activity. Michiganders now have full access to all of Evolution’s live casino games and game shows, including games like Lightning Roulette and others. These games are based in a studio in Michigan itself, providing jobs and revenue for the state.
For US players outside of Michigan, live games are available at Red Dog Casino. This offshore live casino site is one of our top-rated online casinos. It offers blackjack, baccarat, roulette, and Super 6 from Visionary iGaming.