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Detroit casinos' quarterly, March aggregate revenues fall as COVID-19 halts gaming

Detroit, April 7, 2020 — The three Detroit casinos reported $299.2 million in first-quarter 2020 aggregate revenue, falling 18.5 percent below first quarter 2019 results. March aggregate revenue at $57.4 million was off 59.1 percent compared with March 2019 results. The casinos were ordered by the State of Michigan to reduce crowd size through social distancing on Friday, March 13, and to close completely at 3 p.m. Monday, March 16, to slow the spread of COVID-19.

All three casinos remain closed until 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 13, after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order on the use of public assemblage places prompted by COVID-19-related public health concerns. The casinos had operated using social distancing plans from the evening of Friday, March 13, until the March 16 mid-afternoon closures.

                    Quarterly and March results detail compared with same periods in 2019


Q1 2020 Revenue

 (in millions)

Q1 2019 Comparison (+ or -)

Monthly Revenue

 (in millions)

2019 Comparison (+ or -)

March Market Share

MGM Grand Detroit


- 19.7%


- 59.6%


MotorCity Casino


- 18.0%


- 58.7%


Greektown Casino


- 16.7%


- 58.7%



March casino gaming taxes

For the month ended March 31, the three Detroit casinos paid $4.7 million in gaming taxes to the State of Michigan compared with $11.4 million paid in March 2019.

The three Detroit casinos reported submitting $6.8 million in wagering taxes and development agreement payments to the City of Detroit during March.

Retail sports betting results

The three casinos reported retail sports betting qualified adjusted gross receipts of $105,548 between the March 11 launch date and March 16 when the casinos were ordered to close. Sports leagues began cancelling games and events March 12 because of public health concerns caused by COVID-19.

Qualified adjusted gross receipts reported by location were:

  • MGM Grand Detroit, $84,695

  • MotorCity Casino, $4,949

  • Greektown Casino, $15,904

The casinos paid $3,990 in State of Michigan retail sports betting taxes and reported submitting to the City of Detroit $4,876 in retail sports betting taxes. 

"The Michigan Gaming Control Board shall ensure the conduct of fair and honest gaming to protect the interests of the citizens of the State of Michigan."