Baseball continued to drive Illinois sports betting in August as football warmed up.
Illinois sportsbooks took $400.4 million in bets, according to an Illinois Gaming Board report. As with most US sports betting markets, that was a significant jump from the slow month of July, in which IL sports betting handled $369.1 million.
Illinois revenue declines
Despite the more than 8% increase in handle from July, the $26.8 million in revenue was down nearly 29% from July’s $37.6 million.
August’s revenue represents a 6.7% hold for sportsbooks in the state.
Illinois collected $4.3 million in taxes.
Baseball paces IL sports betting
With football just starting to warm up in August, baseball drew $139.6 million in bets.
That is approximately 35% of the month’s handle, similar to the 33.6% baseball secured in July.
Parlays were not far behind, taking $127 million in wagers.
DraftKings keeps Illinois sports betting crown
Online sports betting accounted for approximately 95% of the Illinois market in August, or $380.3 million.
BetRivers Sportsbook kept its third spot in the state, handling $64.8 million in bets.
|Operator||Online Handle||Total Revenue||Hold||Online Market Share|
|DraftKings||$146.6 million||$7.3 million||4.9%||39%|
|FanDuel||$110.9 million||$9.3 million||8.3%||29%|
|BetRivers||$64.8 million||$4.6 million||7.1%||17%|
|PointsBet||$27.3 million||$1.9 million||6.9%||7%|
|Barstool||$25.5 million||$2.1 million||8.2%||7%|
2022 Illinois sportsbook bump coming?
Iowa’s September jump also can be attributed to its first football season without in-person registration requirements. That could be a signal to the future in Illinois, which will see its in-person rule expire within months.
The requirement expires once the IGB awards the first license for an online-only sportsbook, which could come in December.