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Illinois Sees Sports Betting Handle Drop for Second Straight Month

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For the second straight month, Illinois has seen its total sports handle drop from the high watermark of $633.6 million in March, but again finds itself with the second-highest sports betting handle of all states.

Illinois Illinois Gaming Board reported $506.3 million in total sports betting handle for May, a decrease of 5.6% from its April total. However, Illinois’ total sports betting handle for the month puts it second overall in the country, just behind the juggernaut that is New Jersey.

A look at the top performers:

  1. New Jersey: $814 million.
  2. Illinois: $506.3 million
  3. Nevada: $478 million
  4. Pennsylvania: $447 million
  5. Michigan: $258 million

Illinois Online Sports Betting May Numbers

Of May’s $506.3 million total handle, $481.5 million came from Illinois online sports betting. DraftKings, partnered with Casino Queen, reported the highest online sports betting handle for any sportsbook operator with $165.7 million. FanDuel, partnered with Fairmount Park and Par-A-Dice Casino, was not far behind in the month with $155.4 million in total online sports betting handle.

BetRivers, currently partnered with Rivers Casino, reported the third-highest sports betting handle in the month with $76.5 million.

Barstool Sportsbook, currently partnered with Hollywood Casino in Aurora, reported $38.1 million in May. PointsBet, partnered with Hawthorne Race Course, wasn’t far behind with a reported $37.3 million in total online sports betting handle.

William Hill, partnered with the Grand Victoria Casino, reported $8.3 million in total sports betting handle in May.

Online sports betting in the state still has no online registration for new user accounts. Customers must register for a particular app at its casino partner’s brick-and-mortar sportsbook. For example, if a resident wanted to register for the DraftKings Sportsbook Illinois app, prospective users would need to drive to the Casino Queen Sportsbook in East St. Louis to activate an account.

A Bump for Football Season?

Illinois and Nevada are the only two states in the country with legalized sports betting that require in-person registration at a casino for a new online sports betting account.

A recent amendment passed by the House of Representatives that would allow Illinois residents to place bets on their favorite in-state collegiate programs may help bump sports betting come football season. The amendment would allow state gamblers to place in-person bets on in-state collegiate programs. Online bets on in-state colleges would not be permitted.

A state law has prohibited sports betting on in-state collegiate programs since sports betting was legalized in June 2019.

The amendment still needs approval from the Senate before it can be sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) to be signed into law.

If signed into law, the amendment would run through July 1, 2023. Bets on Illinois collegiate programs would only be “tier 1” wagers and would be based on the final score or outcome of the event. Any bets on Illinois collegiate programs could not be based on an individual athlete’s performance.



Author: BN Staff

From the collective mind of the Bleacher Nation staff.