Posted on: August 13, 2022, 11:50h. 

Last updated on: August 14, 2022, 04:52h.

Indiana’s casinos enjoyed a good start to the fiscal year in July.

An aerial view of Monument Circle in Indianapolis at dusk. Indiana’s casinos for July reported taxable AGR of $201.2 million, a $12.5 million increase from June. (Image: SeanPavonePhoto/Adobe Photo Stock)

According to the monthly data released by the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) on Friday, the 12 state-licensed commercial casinos reported $201.2M in taxable adjusted gross receipts (AGR) for the month. That’s a 6.7% increase from June’s total of $188.7 million.

More importantly, it ended a three-month skid that saw revenues slide as economic conditions worsened. While the economy may be technically in a recession – based on the definition that the country’s gross domestic product shrank for the second quarter – other indicators like a good jobs market and falling gas prices help offset that.

There’s also some perspective that’s needed here. While there had been steady declines since March’s $219.2 million taxable AGR, those months still represented some of the highest totals in Indiana, dating back to at least 2017.

Since 2017, there have been 10 months where monthly taxable AGR broke $200 million. Seven of those have happened since April 2021. The other three occurred in March of 2017, 2018, and 2019.

So Indiana’s casinos are still amid a strong run, and if certain economic factors continue to settle, they look poised to keep that going.

Hard Rock Stays No. 1

The state’s newest casino continues to be its top producer.

Hard Rock Northern Indiana reported a total win of $36.8 million, more than $6 million ahead of Horseshoe Indianapolis. After $1.5 million in free-play credits and other deductions were taken, the Gary land-based casino reported a taxable AGR of $35.3 million.

Horseshoe Hammond reported a taxable AGR of $26.5 million, with Horseshoe Indianapolis reporting $26.2 million after taking a 12% reduction from its win for its racino operations.

The best month for a Southern Indiana casino belonged to Caesars Southern Indiana, as the EBCI Holdings property reported a taxable AGR of $21.2 million.

With July’s start of the fiscal year, Indiana’s progressive tax rates on casino revenues reset. That’s why state tax receipts fell by more than half from June’s $65.7 million to $32.4 million in July, even though revenues increased monthly.

For most casinos in the state, the first $25 million in AGR is taxed at 15%. The rate increases to 20% for the next $25 million and 25% for the $25 million after that. AGR between $75 million and $150 million is taxed at 30%, with revenues between $150 million and $600 million taxed at 35%.

If any casino reports more than $600 million in AGR, those revenues get taxed at 40%.

Sports Betting Handle Drops, Revenue Rises

Moving to sports betting, Indiana continues to rank among the top states in the country in terms of handle.

The state’s sportsbooks reported a handle of $206.6 million for July. That’s down nearly $50 million from June’s total due to fewer sporting events during the month. However, it represents a $12.1 million increase from the July 2021 report.

The sportsbooks reported a better win rate even as the handle went down. July’s taxable AGR of $20.9 million was a 32.3% increase from the $15.8 million sportsbooks won in June.

Indiana also received nearly $500,000 more in taxes because of the better month for the books. According to the IGC, the sports betting tax generated nearly $2 million for the state.

FanDuel once again claimed the top spot among sportsbooks. Its $61.5 million handle for the month was $1.4 million better than DraftKings. The Flutter Entertainment brand reported gross revenues of $7.3 million, while DraftKings won $4.5 million.