Revenue Up At Michigan Operators Amid Retail Decline

Revenue Up At Michigan Operators Amid Retail Decline
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

Michigan’s three commercial casinos, all located in Detroit, saw an aggregate drop in total adjusted gross receipts for November. That came amid a workers’ strike that started in the middle of October, but that work stoppage is now over. They are the only three Michigan land-based casinos that are not on Native American land.

In November the total adjusted gross receipts (TAGR) combined at the three brick-and-mortar casinos in Detroit totaled $76 million, down 7% from October (about $81.7 million). November’s combined TAGR was down almost 24% compared to pre-strike September ($99.99 million).

As a result, the November state wagering tax of $6,156,204, was down a corresponding 7% from October ($6,617,568). The November city wagering tax of $9,350,739 was down 7.4% from October ($10,095,334).

Revenue Rises At Michigan Online Casinos

Meanwhile, for Michigan online casinos, where customers were not facing a physical picket line, November TAGR was about $157.77 million, up 9.4% from October (almost $144.25 million). The November total state tax for iGaming also rose 9.4%, from $30,118,594 in October to $32,941,407 last month.

Detroit’s casino industry went through a workers’ strike that began in mid-October at all three casinos. The strike at two of the casinos, MororCity and Greektown, ended in mid-November. At the third casino, the MGM Grand Detroit, the strike went into early December before union members ratified a deal to end the stoppage. Workers were on strike over wages, health care and workloads.

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Michigan Casino Revenue Details

Not surprisingly, the MGM Grand, with a longer strike, saw the biggest drop in revenue from the previous month. The MGM Grand’s TAGR in November was $30.64 million, down 17.9% from October ($37.32 million) and down even more, 31.5%, compared to September (about $44.73 million).

The November TAGR for the other two casinos, where the strike ended earlier, was not as impacted compared to October. MotorCity’s TAGR was $24.67 million, down about 1.3% from October’s just over $25 million. Greektown’s $20.68 million was up 6.8% (from $19.36 million) in a month-over-month comparison.

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Bill Ordine

Bill Ordine, senior journalist and columnist for, was a reporter and editor in news and sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun for 25 years, and was a lead reporter on a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. Bill started reporting on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for 10 years. He covered the World Series of Poker for a decade and his articles on gaming have appeared in many major U.S. newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and others.

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