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Illinois Tops $1 Billion In Sports Betting Handle In March

Written By J.R. Duren | Updated:
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Illinois sports betting had a fantastic March, breaking the state record for the most handle (money bet) in a month and eclipsing $1 billion for the fifth time in the past six months.

Overall, the state’s 10 sportsbooks generated $1,072,701,361 in handle in March. Additionally, they logged $107.4 million in revenue. Both figures were significant jumps over February. Total handle was up 22.5% month on month, and revenue jumped 69.7%. Year on year, the handle was up 10.4%.

Additionally, the state’s average daily handle jumped from $31.3 million in February to $34.6 million in March, according to data from the Illinois Gaming Board.

March Madness drives record handle, revenue numbers

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament drove Illinois’ unprecedented sports betting numbers in March.

March 2023$1.07 billion
February 2023$875.4 million
January 2023$1.07 billion
December 2022$1.03 billion
November 2022$1.03 billion
October 2022$1.03 billion
September 2022$831,805,990
August 2022$564,837,409
July 2022$516,414,719
June 2022$628,459,522
May 2022$764,591,757
April 2022$839,386,882
March 2022$971,278,389
February 2022$679,374,199
January 2022$867,505,495

In addition to breaking its handle record, the state’s sportsbooks passed $100 million in revenue for the first time in history. March’s $107.4 million in revenue broke the previous record of $96.9 million set in October 2022.

Fairmount Park and Casino Queen led the way

FanDuel Sportsbook at Fairmount Park and DraftKings at Casino Queen tallied the most revenue among Illinois sportsbooks. Both casinos brought in more than triple the next closest casino, Rivers Des Plaines:

Fairmount Park$372,452,513$43,077,32311.6%$6,492,015
DraftKings at Casino Queen$334,935,998$31,330,4879.4%$4,452,582
Rivers Des Plaines$110,047,880$10,667,971 9.7%$1,553,118
Grand Victoria$79,824,566 $5,611,3307.0%$676,193
Hollywood Aurora$50,494,577$3,827,7887.6%$583,039
Hollywood Joliet$1,538,829$204,41813.3%$19,849

Among the biggest winners for month-on-month handle growth were Grand Victoria Casino Elgin and Hollywood Aurora.

Grand Victoria’s Caesars Sportsbook generated $110.0 million in handle, up 45% over February. Hollywood Aurora’s Barstool Sportsbook saw a 50.2% increase in handle.

Fairmount Park’s FanDuel Sportsbook saw its handle increase 21.2% month-on-month, from $307.2 million in February to $372.5 in March.

Illinois sports betting handle remains second highest in the nation

The Prairie State notched the second-highest sports betting handle in March, once again outpacing New Jersey but remaining far behind New York:

  1. New York: $1.79 billion
  2. Illinois: $1.07 billion
  3. New Jersey: $1.03 billion
  4. Nevada: $829.8 million
  5. Ohio: $738.6 million

New York generates about $91 in handle from every person in the state, on average, according to the latest Census Bureau data. Illinois, on the other hand, generates around $85 per person.

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J.R. Duren has covered the gambling beats for more than a dozen states for Catena Media since 2015. His past reporting experience includes two years at the Villages Daily Sun, and he is a first-place winner at the Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Contest.

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