Illinois September Sports Betting Helps US Top $2.8B for Month

Illinois September Sports Betting Helps US Top $2.8B for Month
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The Illinois sports betting handle in September reached $305 million, putting the total wagered in the U.S. during the month at more than $2.8 billion.

September’s total handle in Illinois was a 117.9% increase over the August total of $140 million and the fourth-highest total among states with legal sports betting. While some states have already begun reporting their October revenue figures, Illinois is the last state to report September numbers.


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The handle in September was dominated by mobile betting. Of the $305,223,938 wagered, more than $283 million was mobile wagering with retail making up just $22 million of the handle. That meant 92.7% of the action was mobile, according to the Illinois Gaming Board report. Looking at an August-to-September comparison, the handle increase on mobile was 128.3% and retail month-to-month was up 37.6%.

The adjusted gross revenue in September was $6.84 million, down 5.5% from August ($7.2 million).

Pro sports in September accounted for $285.2 million of the wagering. College sports attracted about $19.7 million in wagers and motor sports accounted for about $260,000.

Illinois Sports Betting Handle, September vs. August

Retail handleMobile HandleTotal Handle
September$22.142M$283.082M$305.224M
August$16.096M$123.969M$140.066M
ChangeUp 37.6%Up 128.3%Up 117.9%

Illinois 4th in US Handle

With the addition of Illinois’ $305 million, the U.S. handle from legal sports betting states passed $2.8 billion in September. Here are some key numbers from states in September:

  • New Jersey in September set a new U.S. sports handle record at $748.6 million, beating its August national record of $668 million by 12.1%. It has since topped both numbers with its October sports handle.
  • Nevada’s $575 million in September was an increase of 21.2% from August’s $475 million.
  • Pennsylvania set a new state record for total sports handle in September with $462.79 million, a 26.8% increase over the mark of $365 million it set in August.
  • Colorado had a September handle of $207.65 million, a 61.4% increase over August’s $128,646,209. It was just the fifth month the sports betting market has been open in Colorado and 98.2% of the wagers were placed online.
  • Indiana saw a state record $207.45 million in September sports handle. That was a 22.7% increase from August’s $169.02 million.
  • In West Virginia, $76.9 million was wagered in September, an increase of 90.3% over August’s $40.4 million.
  • Iowa posted $72.4 million in September handle, up 43.9% from August’s $50.3 million.
  • The Mississippi sports betting handle was $52.2 million for the month, 29% higher than the $40.5 million recorded in August.
  • Rhode Island posted a total sports handle of $31.3 million, a 35.4% increase of August’s total of $23.1 million. The state did set a record mobile handle of $14.1 million in September.
  • Oregon set a total sports betting handle record of $26.2 million in September, a slight increase of 1.3% over August ($25,845,403).
  • In Delaware, the total sports betting handle was $7.3 million, up 145.9% from August’s $3 million.
  • Arkansas’ total handle for September, with all three sportsbooks operating, was just under $4 million ($3,958,748), a 292.3% increase over August’s $1,008,992.

Mobile Registration Deadline Approaches

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker on Sept. 19 extended his order allowing for remote registration until Saturday. He could extend it again Friday.

DraftKings CEO Jason Robins addressed Illinois remote registration on a conference call after the company released its third quarter earnings on Friday.

The decision to allow online registration “has taken Illinois from a market that barely registers to our second-largest market behind New Jersey and the fastest growing so it’s a pretty big deal whether that continues to be extended for several months,” Robins said. “That could have a significant impact on our player acquisition and therefore, on our revenue for next year.”

More Options for Illinois Bettors

There are other online and retail sportsbooks for bettors in Illinois.

On Oct. 29, the gaming board approved a sports betting license for FanDuel and Fairmount Park racetrack, giving FanDuel another entry in the growing Illinois sports betting market. The board unanimously approved preliminary suitability for an organizational gaming license for a racino at Fairmount Park. And it unanimously approved a master sports wagering license doing business as FanDuel Sportsbook and Horse Racing for four years, expiring in 2024.

FanDuel has been live in the market since Aug. 28, when it launched its sports betting app in Illinois through a partnership with Boyd Gaming, owners of Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria.

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