Illinois September sports betting handle tops $305m

Simona Boshkova | Published 17 Nov 2020, 11:58 a.m.

Illinois passed sports betting legislation last year, and the first sports betting took place in March 2020. Shortly afterwards, Illinois sports betting market has expanded, with more and more operators taking part in it. For example, Unibet has gained access to Illinois betting market in September, as well as DraftKings which launched their sports betting app in the state.

The numbers for September sports betting in US states are live, and they look great for Illinois. Being the 4th state with the largest betting handle in the US, Illinois brought $305 million in wagers. The total betting handle in the United States was $2.9 billion, which means that Illinois accounted for 10.5% for all wagers.

Most of the handle came from mobile betting

The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) has released September betting figures on Friday which showed that the state’s sports betting operators handled wagers worth $305 million. This is more than twice of August’s $139.8m handle and is a result of the return of the National Football League. Pro sports in September attracted $285.2 million in wagers, college sports accounted for $19.7 million, while motorsports accounted for about $260,000. 

Most of the sports betting handle in Illinois came from mobile betting. Of the $305m wagered, more than $280 million was mobile wagering, which means that retail made about $20 million of the handle. Comparing the August and September figures, the mobile handle increased by 128% while retail month-to-month increased by about 38%. On the other hand, the gross revenue for Illinois in September failed to match this pace, as it fell down 5.5% from August and it was $6.84 million.

Illinois remote sports betting registration extended again

Last month, it was reported that the Illinois Governor JB Pritzker extended the Executive Order that allows online sports betting registration, which we’ve covered in our Tennessee sports betting update. The extension lasted until November 14 and it was extended again, which means that new sports bettors in Illinois are still able to register online. According to the Illinois General Assembly website, the latest extension will last until December 12. Pritzker issued the original order on June 4.

New Jersey sets a record in sports betting handle in October

While Illinois still hasn’t announced its sports betting revenue figures for October, New Jersey made another national record, after it was reported that the state is considering allowing college sports betting. Namely, the latest New Jersey record in sports betting handle is $803.1 million, breaking its previous total handle record of $748.6 million set in September. This number is a new record for monthly online sports betting handle, both statewide and nationally.

The online handle for New Jersey sportsbooks in October was $743 million, an increase of 9.6% over September’s $678.7 million. Furthermore, the October report showed that New Jersey sports betting revenue also set a state record at $58 million, up 29.8% from September’s $45.1 million. The total gaming revenue in New Jersey in October was $338.1 million, up 4.6% from September’s $323.3 million.

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