Mobile Registration Helps Illinois Sports Betting To Record Handle

Written By Pat Evans on May 11, 2022
Illinois sports betting

With in-person registration requirements gone for good, Illinois sports betting is hitting new heights.

Illinois sportsbooks took $971.3 million in bets in March, according to an Illinois Gaming Board report released Monday. That bests the previous high of $867.5 million set in January.

The total handle was a 43% increase compared to the $679.4 million wagered in February. With March Madness in full swing, the handle boost likely comes from the March 5 expiration of an in-person registration requirement for online sports betting.

Illinois sports betting sets record

While the wagers poured in, Illinois sports betting revenue also set a new record. Sportsbooks generated $79.4 million in revenue, an 8.2% hold.

That gross revenue figure is just over the previous record of $78.2 million set in November 2021.

Illinois collected $9.8 million in taxes.

Illinois bettors loved basketball

Basketball made up $554.3 million of the bets in March, or 57.1% of the action.

College basketball accounted for $350.8 million of those wagers. Last month, the IGB reported $286.2 million in March Madness betting on the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments.

The March Madness total was up 61.9% compared to the 2021 figures reported from five of the six sportsbooks in the state.

FanDuel grows Illinois sports betting take

Online sports betting accounted for 95.5% of wagers in Illinois, or $927.5 million.

FanDuel paced the growing crowd of Illinois sportsbooks with $310.7 million in online bets. The market leader held 8.7% for $27 million in revenue.

DraftKings took $284.2 million online, holding 4.9% for $13.9 million in revenue. BetRivers reached nine figures in online handle, taking $105.9 million.

New Illinois sportsbook not last

BetMGM entered the Illinois market March 5 and took $43.6 million in bets. That was more than the $39.2 million Caesars handled during the month, the sportsbook’s 19th in the market.

Caesars launched its new platform during March, which likely contributed to it nearly doubling its previous record in the state.

More sportsbooks will enter Illinois soon, as the IGB granted Caliente Interactive an online-only license last month. Circa Sports also announced it will enter the state through a market access deal with American Place Casino Company.

OperatorOnline HandleRevenueHoldMarket Share
FanDuel$310.7 million$27.0 million8.7%33%
DraftKings$284.2 million$14.0 million4.9%31%
BetRivers$105.9 million$8.3 million7.9%11%
PointsBet$77.1 million$7.0 million9.1%8%
Barstool$66.8 million$3.6 million5.3%7%
BetMGM$43.6 million$2.7 million6.1%5%
Caesars$39.3 million$3.3 million8.5%4%
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Pat Evans is a Las Vegas-based reporter covering sports business. Evans previously worked at Front Office Sports and the Grand Rapids Business Journal. He has authored two books: Grand Rapids Beer and Nevada Beer.

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