The Illinois sports betting numbers from September are finally in, and it was another record-setting month in the Land of Lincoln. Illinois posted a sports betting handle of more than $305 million in September, easily shattering the previous record.
Not only did the September numbers set a new state record, but it also helped push the US numbers to a whopping $2.8 billion in sports betting handle in September. This is easily a new industry record, and it appears that $3 billion will be surpassed during the month of October.
Illinois saw an increase of almost 118% from August, and a majority of the sports betting was done online. Mobile betting accounted for almost 93% of the entire sports betting handle, even though all five of the online operators were not online for the entire month.
Adjusted gross revenue was actually down during September, but several sportsbooks were offering some huge bonuses and promotions during the month.
Land of Lincoln is Fourth in the US
The sports betting industry in the United States continues to grow, and Illinois has emerged as a leader. Even though the Land of Lincoln is still just getting started, the September numbers put Illinois in fourth place in the entire US.
New Jersey set new industry records with over $748 million in September, and their October numbers were over $800 million. Nevada was next on the list with over $525 million in September, but that state has been replaced as the clear industry leader.
Pennsylvania checked in with $462.9 million during September, which was also a new state record.
Mobile Registration Extended
Governor J.B. Pritzker has done it again, extending the mobile registration period for the fifth time in Illinois. The state’s lawmakers initially established an in-person registration requirement as a way to help out the land-based casinos and retail sportsbooks in the state.
When all of the retail properties were shut down due to COVID-19, Pritzker issued an executive order that waived that requirement and allowed for mobile registration. Every time that the executive order has been ready to expire, the governor has extended it keeping the mobile registration open and available to bettors.
More Retail Options Available
The St. Louis area now has another retail sports betting option after FanDuel Sportsbook reached an agreement with Fairmount Park Racetrack. Even though St. Louis is in the state of Missouri, this has become a huge betting market for Illinois.
FanDuel is already in Illinois through a partnership with the Par-A-Dice Casino in East Peoria, but that is a much smaller market. Operating retail betting at Fairmount Park will create some competition between them and DraftKings in that part of the state.
The Illinois Gaming Board approved a sports betting license for this partnership on October 29, which should lead to big things for this industry. The IGB also approved a master sports betting license that is not set to expire until 2024.