Illinois Helps US Total Handle Reach Nearly $3.5B in November

Illinois Helps US Total Handle Reach Nearly $3.5B in November
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The Illinois Gaming Board reported about $450 million in November sports handle, pushing the U.S. total for the month to another record of nearly $3.5 billion. It’s the second straight month the U.S. has seen a handle of more than $3.2 billion and it shows no signs of slowing down.

Illinois had the fourth-highest total among states with legal sports betting behind New Jersey, Nevada and Pennsylvania. New Jersey sports betting hit a national record of $931.6 million in November.

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The Illinois November sports betting handle of $451 million for traditional handle and $447 million for completed events was an increase over October’s) $434.6 million, according to figures presented by Administrator Marcus Fruchter during Wednesday’s Illinois Gaming Board meeting. That brought the total wagered in the U.S. during November to around $3.46 billion, a 6% increase over the national handle in October of $3.267 billion.

The numbers from Illinois online sportsbooks continue to improve as Gov. JB Pritzer keeps remote registration in place. The Illinois law requires in-person registration at casinos, but Pritzker has issued executive orders to suspend the requirement during the coronavirus pandemic.

Illinois sports betting revenue in December was $41 million, down slightly from November’s $42.2 million. The state took in just over $6 million in taxes, according to Fruchter. In October, Illinois saw about $6.8 million in taxes.

Illinois is the last state to report November figures. In fact, many states have already reported their December numbers. But according to Illinois law, wagering reports are delivered 45 days after monthly figures are reported. The IGB said during its meeting Wednesday that it was still tallying up results and had not posted them on its website.

Illinois Remote Registration Extended Again

On Jan. 8, Pritzker extended remote registration for new sports bettors in the state once again, this time until Feb. 6.

The last extension was set to expire on Jan. 9.

The continuing surge of coronavirus cases in Illinois led Pritzker to extend the order, along with other executive orders issued because of the pandemic. Casinos in the state have been closed since November, but soon could start reopening depending on their location.

U.S. Sports Betting Handle Nearly $3.5 Billion

Here are figures from the states with the highest handles in November, contributing to the U.S. total of $3.46 billion for the month. The $450 million in Illinois would rank it just below Pennsylvania:

  • New Jersey closed in on $1 billion in November with $931.6 million and topped that in December by falling just over $3 million short of hitting the $1 billion milestone.
  • Nevada’s $609.4 million in November handle was down from its October total, but was enough keep the state as No. 2 in handle for the month. The state has not released its December figures.
  • Pennsylvania’s $491.9 million in November total handle was down 6.4% from October’s record $525.8 million. The state rebounded to hit a record $548.6 million in December.
  • Indiana saw a state record handle of $251.4 million posted in November, and has since surpassed that record in December by topping $300 million.
  • Colorado’s November handle rose about 10% to $231 million. That record didn't last long; December sports betting handle in Colorado hit nearly $284.6 million.
  • Another Midwest state, Iowa, had a handle of $87 million in November and went over $100 million for the first time in December.