How Illinois Became The No. 2 Sports Betting Market In America

Written By Joe Boozell on June 14, 2021
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Illinois was the No. 1 state despite not having an online sports betting enrollment for the majority of April. By control, the US industry has two markets.

The Illinois sports betting market finished well ahead of Nevada and Pennsylvania. Illinois, which is one of the last states to report monthly numbers, recorded$537.2 million in handle. Meanwhile, Nevada and Pennsylvania failed to crack $500 million.

Only New Jersey, which notched$748 million in bets, finished higher.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzkerended online registration effective April 4. And, despite that, Illinoisans were extremely active in the betting market, at least relatively speaking.

Sports wagering handles across the nation consistently decreased in April without any sports or March Madness gambling.

Let’s examine how Illinois rose to the position of No. 2 position so fast.

lengthy period of virtual sign-ups as a result of COVID-19

There was a continuous period of online casino registration from <strong>mid-August 2020strong> until early <strong>April 2021strong>. It is safe to say that Illinoisans took advantage of those seven plus months of & nbsp, It & rsquo.

Six online casinos in Illinois were established during( or just before) that time:

Based on the Sports Wagering Act, Illinois’ success was never meant to happen so quickly. In-person registration was supposed to be around until 2022.

But the pandemic forced Pritzker’s hand, so he continuously renewed his monthly executive order, waiving the in-person registration requirement.

The Illinois sports betting market is one of the strongest in the nation when net sign-ups are in place.

IL ranks sixth in the US in population, barely behind Pennsylvania for fifth. The top four states do not yet have legalized online sports betting, though, in fairness, New York bettors spill over into New Jersey.

Illinois is a sports-crazed status as well. One of the largest cities in the nation, Chicago is well known for its love of sports.

There are plenty of popular sports teams in Chicago to bet on, which helped juice the market in April. While a state such as neighboring Indiana doesn’t have a professional baseball team, Illinois has two: the Cubs and White Sox.

In April, Illinoisans bet a healthy$ 121 million on baseball, second only to basketball in terms of individual sports and almost$ 100 million more than third-place soccer.

Some areas are incredibly reliant on basketball or March Madness. However, given that Chicago is such a well-liked baseball city, it’s possible that Illinois is better suited to handle the & ldquo, off-& rdqua, sports betting months.

However, Illinois today has a cap.

While that & rsquo is excellent news for the Illinois sports betting market, in-person registration does not provide much room for growth in the near future.

It is obvious that Illinois casinos registered a large number of customers in the fall, winter, and early spring, allowing those customers to continue placing bets on their devices. However, there isn’t much more benefit to take advantage of without adding new customers.

That’s especially a bummer for the upcoming football season. That’s when sportsbooks acquire a significant chunk of their user base, and barring an unlikely legislativefix, IL novels won’t be available for the 2021 season.

We may see a resurgence of online registration when 2022 arrives. That & rsquo, when mobile-only licenses are made available, and the issuance of such a license will result in remote sign-ups for everyone.

However, it is not absurd to think that the Prairie State may have challenged New Jersey for the No. 1 spot in an Illinois where online registration is the rule. 1 place by the sports season’s end in 2021.

Tidbits from the profit report for April

Illinois casinos cleaned up on bets, as has been the case for the majority of the past few months.

Here are the April handle numbers by sport:

    $ 173.6 million in basketball

  • Baseball:$ 121,000,000
  • Wagers:$ 116.4 million
  • Sports:$ 31. 2 million
  • Golf:$ 30.9 billion
  • Sports:$ 19.4 billion

The rest of the handle is made up of smaller sporting combined.

Parlays were finally by handle but quickly first by operator revenue. In April, users made$ 19 million on bets, or$ 10 million more than any other type mentioned above.

Finally, Rivers Casino was able to regain approximately 50 % of the wholesale market share thanks to the return to in-person registration. Despite this, Rivers & rsquo’s market share decreased by about a percentage point in April from March to 15.7 %.

BetRivers continues to be a definite No. 3 in the Illinois business, but it doesn’t seem like in-person registration may significantly increase its chances of catching FanDuel or DraftKings.

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