- Illinois had the third-highest sports betting handle in February with $509.8 million.
- The Casino Queen (DraftKings) had the highest sports betting handle in February with $199.8 million.
- The retail sports betting handle in Illinois in February was $ 19.6 million.
CHICAGO –The Illinois sports betting market has continued its roaring start to 2021 following up a $581.6 million sports betting handle in January with another strong showing of over $500 million. The $509.8 million sports betting handle Illinois had in February didn’t beat January’s total but still kept the state in the top five for most bet received in the US.
Top Sports Betting Handle In February By State
- New Jersey: $742.9 million
- Nevada: $554.1 million
- Illinois: $509.8 million
- Pennsylvania: $509.5 million
- Michigan: $325.6 million
Illinois for the first time in its brief legal sports betting history finished with a higher sports betting handle than the neighboring betting powerhouse Pennsylvania. However, the return of in-person registration will likely hinder the sports betting handle in Illinois as it seems Governor JB Pritzker will not extend remote registration.
Mobile sports betting is the most popular way to bet on sports in Illinois as it accounted for $490.2 of the $509.7 million sports betting handle. Furthermore, despite both mobile and total sports betting handle being down in Illinois the retail handle skyrocketed as nearly $20 million in-person wagers were placed up from the $6.32 million in January.
According to the Illinois Gaming Board Report the Casino Queen which has been bought by DraftKings, had the highest sports betting handle in February with $199.8 million in wagers placed while the Par-A-Dice FanDuel sportsbook brought in the highest revenue with $10.1 million.
Top Illinois Sports Betting Operators By Handle (Revenue)
- DraftKings (Casino Queen) – $199.8 million ($8.7 million)
- FanDuel (Par-A-Dice) – $158.9 million ($10.1 million)
- BetRivers (Rivers) – $96.4 million ($6.6 million)
- PointsBet (Hawthorne Race Course) – $40.3 million ($3.6 million)
- William Hill (Grand Victoria) – $10.1 million ($8.8 million)
Although the sports betting handle numbers for Illinois weren’t as high as January’s this was still a strong showing for the state. Going forward it can be expected that Illinois will remain as one of the top legal sports betting markets in the US as the Barstool Sportsbook is set to enter the market which will give bettors in the state another premium sportsbook to wager at.
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