U.S. Commercial Gaming Revenue Sets New All-Time Record in Q3 2021
November 9, 2021
U.S. commercial gaming revenue reached a new quarterly record of US$13.89 billion in Q3 2021, according the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker.
The new high marks the second consecutive quarter of record U.S. commercial gaming performance.
With US$38.67 billion in revenue through the first nine months of the year, the industry has already passed revenue generated for the full year 2020 and is on pace to smash its annual record of US$43.65 billion, set in 2019.
“Two straight quarters of record gaming revenue is an incredible accomplishment in any context, let alone after the most challenging year in industry history,” stated AGA President and CEO Bill Miller. “Our recovery is not a flash in the pan, but rather a sustained result of our leadership in responsible reopening, world-class entertainment offerings, and widespread favourability.
Traditional gaming continues to drive the industry’s performance, with combined slots and table games setting a new quarterly revenue record of US$12.05 billion. After lagging in previous quarters, table game revenue beat its quarterly revenue record by more than 10 per cent in Q3 2021.
Ten out of 25 states with commercial casinos saw quarterly revenue records, including the four highest-grossing commercial gaming states in 2019: Nevada, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Q3 2021 commercial gaming revenue was bolstered by record iGaming revenue of US$938.6 million. Meanwhile, sports betting revenue saw a quarterly low for 2021 of US$886.5 million due to a limited end-of-summer sports calendar. Combined sports betting and iGaming revenue through the first nine months of the year sits at US$5.36 billion, up more than 200 per cent year-over-year.
“With brick-and-mortar gaming setting records, the expansion into new verticals, and domestic and international tourism recovering, the industry is in a strong position for a full recovery,” continued Miller. “I’m confident that the return of meetings, conventions and international travel will further accelerate gaming’s recovery in 2022.”
Those comments from Miller echo the findings of the AGA's first Gaming CEO Outlook conducted earlier this fall, which showed that gaming executives and industry leaders are optimistic of a strong recovery in the remainder of 2021 and into 2022.