Figures compiled by the Michigan Gaming Control Board show Detroit’s three casinos drawing more than 13 million visitors in their first 18 months of operation.
The data, covering the period from the opening of the MGM Grand Detroit Casino in July 1999 to the end of 2000, show those same gamblers losing an average of $68 per visit, according to a report in The Detroit News.
Visitor spending was highest at MGM Grand, $88 per visit. The casino averaged 12,449 patrons a day. MotorCity, owned by Las Vegas-based Mandalay Resort Group, drew 15,595 visitors a day who lost an average of $55 each. Motor City was open a little over 12 months of that time. Greektown, which was open for seven weeks of that period, drew 23,077 visitors a day on average, each of whom lost $26 per visit.
Despite the competition, Casino Windsor across the Detroit River in Canada, averaged 18,164 visitors a day. The average loss per visitor was $70.