Illinois sports betting was the second-largest online market in the country in April.
The $895.5 million worth of bets IL sports betting operators took was second only to New York. Despite a slight decline from March, it was the seventh-most bet in Illinois in a single month, per an Illinois Gaming Control Board report.
|New York||$1.55 billion|
|New Jersey||$833.98 million|
Illinois revenue and tax hauls also ranked second only to New York’s, among states reporting April sports betting revenue so far.
Revenue, taxes follow handle uptick
Illinois sportsbooks took home $81.3 million in revenue, their fifth-most in a single month.
They held 9% of handle, slightly up from their 8.1% monthly average.
That generated $14.4 million in taxes for the state, its 6th-most ever in a single month.
Best April ever
Even without any Chicago teams in the NBA or NHL playoffs, handle was up 7% from last April’s $839 million and 67% more than April 2021’s $537 million.
Handle was down 16% from March, though the state experienced similar dropoffs every year after the bulk of the March Madness college basketball tournament is over.
FanDuel leads Illinois sports betting
Over 47% of all handle was placed on the FanDuel app or at its in-person sportsbook in Fairmount Park. DraftKings and its partner casino, Casino Queen, accounted for 31%. Both operators routinely rank first and second in state market share.
They were followed in online market share by:
- BetRivers: 9.3%
- Caesars: 8.5%
- BetMGM: 5.6
- PointsBet: 5.4%
- Barstool: 3.9%
Illinois bettors placed $248 million on parlays, 28% of April’s handle. More than 40% of parlay handle was placed on FanDuel or at its partner casino. DraftKings and Casino Queen accounted for 32%.
Basketball, tennis most-popular betting sports in Illinois
Basketball lead all sports with $234.5 million bet, followed by:
- Baseball: $163.8 million
- Tennis: $68.4 million
- Other: $55.3 million
- Soccer: $49.6 million
- Hockey: $38.3 million
- Golf: $19 million
- Boxing/MMA: $15.2 million
- Football: $4.9 million