The American Gaming Association (AGA) has reported that US commercial gaming revenue reached a record high of $13.64bn (£9.8bn/€11.6bn) in Q2 2021, according to its commercial gaming revenue tracker.
The previous record was set in Q3 2019, which generated $11.1bn, a figure that was then matched in Q1 2021. The new record is an increase of 22.5% from that previous high.
Most of the quarter’s revenue – $8.70bn – was generated from slots. A total of $2.14bn was from table games, while igaming and sports betting brought in $901.2m and $888.9bn respectively.
With the second quarter’s addition, commercial gaming revenue for the first half of 2021 has totaled at $24.77bn. A total of $15.56bn of this total was generated by slot GGR, while table game GGR brought in $3.81bn. iGaming GGR amounted to $901.2m of the total, while sports betting GGR made up $888.9m.
The AGA reported that this half-year revenue total is close to overtaking the $30.0bn full-year revenue for 2020, a year affected by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
In addition, the AGA has projected the full-year results for 2021 to surpass the highest full-year revenue recorded by the AGA, which was $43.6bn in 2019.
“These first half results are truly remarkable,” said Bill Miller, president and CEO of AGA.
“It is even more impressive when you consider commercial gaming revenue was at its lowest point ever just a year ago. This is a testament to our resilience and commitment to providing customers safe environments and world-class entertainment experiences.”
Last week, AGA voiced its support for a single national gambling helpline to be used in responsible gambling campaigns.