Illinois Sports Betting Trailed Only New York During April

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Illinois sports betting was the second-largest online market in the country in April.

The $895.5 million worth of bets Illinois 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.

StateApril Handle
New York$1.55 billion
Illinois$898.57 million
New Jersey$833.98 million
Nevada$580.55 million
Massachusetts$574.83 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:

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: