“We’re not necessarily seeing less trips, but there definitely is less spending per visitor,” said vice president of finance at the Horseshoe Hammond Casino Chris Riley. According to Riley, visitors are now spending an average of $82 per visit compared to last year’s average of $89.
Indiana casinos have also been affected by competition from Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, Illinois.
“The economy continues to have an effect on everyone, not just casinos, as individuals have less income to spend on entertainment. In addition many casino guests visit multiple casinos, which has an impact on the market, particularly with increased competition in Des Plaines,” said Matt Schuffert, senior vice president and general manager of Ameristar East Chicago.
In July, Ameristar in East Chicago took in $19.1 million in revenues, Blue Chip brought in $15.8 million, Horseshoe Hammond brought in $43 million and Majestic Star Casinos in Gary reported $16.5 million in revenues.
Northwest Indiana casinos have seen declines from last year nearly every month this year.