You can’t turn down the volume at Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana.
Data released Thursday by the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) shows that Hard Rock made more “wins,” or revenue after paying out winning bettors, in December than any of the 11 other commercial casinos statewide for the 15th month as a result.
Hard Rock reported earnings of $33.8 million last month, a 4.3% increase from December 2021. It was the only gaming company in Northwest Indiana to grow its monthly earnings year over year, according to IGC .
Nationally, December profits at Indiana casinos fell 3.6%, records show.
Matt Schuffert, president of Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana, credited a big New Year’s Eve turnout — with multiple musical performances throughout the property — for helping Hard Rock stand out as an all-around entertainment destination.
“December was a great end to a great 2022 for Hard Rock Northern Indiana,” said Schuffert. “Although we struggled with severe winter weather for several days around Christmas, we were able to record strong growth.”
“It was extremely positive to see 8% growth on the slots side of our business despite the weather last December,” he added.
Hard Rock’s nation-leading slots game totaled $243 million in December, with a profit of $23.6 million, compared to a December 2021 slot profit of $21.9 million at 224 $.8 million in game.
Gary Casino also led the state in table games for December, mostly baccarat, with $47.6 million and table winnings of $10.2 million.
According to IGC, former state earnings leader Hammond’s Horseshoe Casino ranked third in the state behind its sister property Horseshoe Indianapolis last month with earnings of $25.7 million — down 13.6% from its earnings of $29.7 million in December 2021.
Monthly earnings at East Chicago’s Ameristar Casino fell 13.5% in December to $16.4 million, compared to $18.9 million in the same month last year.
Winnings last month at Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City totaled $10.5 million, up from $11.7 million in December last year, down 10.4%, according to IGC.
Hoosiers also scaled back its sports betting activity somewhat in December. Nationwide online and retail sales were $431.4 million, compared to $452.3 million in November 2022 and $463 million in December 2021.
Records show that Indiana sports fans wagered an unprecedented $4.4 billion in local, national and international competitions in 2022, including a monthly top sports betting trade of $500.1 million in January.
Overall, Indiana raked in $54.4 million in tax revenue from slots and table games in December, and an additional $4.1 million from settled sports betting, according to IGC.
Gallery: The Jacksons perform at Hard Rock Live
The Jacksons perform at Hard Rock Live
Jackie and Marlon
Jacksons in concert
Jackie and Marlon Jackson
Jacksons in concert