The party never stops at Hard Rock Casino, Northern Indiana.
Data released Monday by the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) showed that Hard Rock in March was the highest-grossing casino in Hoosier for the sixth month in a row — again surpassing former earnings leader, Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, for “win,” or revenue. After paying the successful bookmaker.
Hard Rock’s win from slot machines and table games totaled $38.5 million for the month, up 22% compared to February’s win, and 12% more than Horseshoe’s win in March of $34.4 million, according to IGC.
“We are excited to lead the country in total gaming revenue,” said Joe Brancic, vice president of marketing for Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana, which opened to the public on May 14, 2021, as a replacement for Gary’s previous Majestic Star casinos.
“We feel that this success is centered around creating a true entertainment destination with quality gaming, entertainment and dining for our guests,” Branik said.
Brancic also said that the casino is about to announce more summer shows at the Hard Rock Live performance venue, and his 1,400-strong team members are looking forward to joining guests for the casino’s one-year anniversary celebrations next month.
According to IGC, Hard Rock pulled in an incredible $57.1 million in table game bets in March compared to $34.3 million at Horseshoe.
Baccarat was the largest table game in both Gary and Hammond casinos. But Hard Rock ($31.3 million) nearly tripled Horseshoe ($11.7 million) in baccarat, and led in baccarat wins of $6.7 million for Hard Rock and $2.5 million for Horseshoe.
Hard Rock has also led the country in operating slots for the third time since opening. Horseshoe has surpassed $268.6 million in slot machines, which posted $257 million in slot machines last month.
On a per-machine basis, Hard Rock outperformed Horseshoe with $16,259 per-slot monthly earnings compared to $13,865 per-machine at Horseshoe, records show.
According to IGC, the Ameristar Casino in East Chicago saw a $20 million slot and table game win in March, up 10.3% compared to February, while a $12.8 million March win at Michigan City’s Blue Chip Casino was also up 20. % on a monthly basis.
The statewide casino win total for March was $235.2 million, an increase of 16.8% compared to the $201.3 million statewide win in February, and a 12.5% increase compared to March 2021, according to IGC.
Meanwhile, enthusiasm for sports betting increased in March, as Hoosiers risked $476.8 million in sporting events, according to the data.
While this is 4.7% lower than the state’s record sports betting record of $500.1 million set in January, it is a 16.5% increase compared to the $409.1 million in February.
“Due to the NCAA Championships, March is easily the busiest non-football month on the sportsbook calendar,” said Jake Garza, Senior Analyst at PlayIndiana.com.
“If anything, though, Indiana sportsbooks beat expectations. Purdue, Notre Dame, and Indiana have all played several NCAA championship games. Events that drive that kind of statewide enthusiasm are very helpful for sportsbooks, especially since The Indiana industry is increasingly growing locally.”
As usual, Ameristar Casino led the country for sports betting in March with $145.9 million, primarily through mobile sports betting company Draughtskings.
Although Blue Chip nearly knocked out the champ with his $143.8 million esports bet last month, thanks in part to his association with FanDuel.
Records show that in February Indiana collected $73.6 million in tax revenue from slot machines and table games, and another $3.1 million from sports stable bets.
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