Illinois Sports Betting Hits $1.08B In September, Breaking Record

Written By J.R. Duren on November 27, 2023
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Illinois sports betting reached new heights in September, nearing $1.1 billion for the most handle (total amount bet) in a month.

The state’s sportsbooks generated $1.08 billion in September, surpassing the previous record of $1.07 billion set in March.

Football betting drives Illinois sports betting record

The NFL season brought a wave of sports betting across the county in September, boosting the handle far above summer totals. Illinois joined in the trend, with football contributing $367.7 million in non-parlay bets. And football likely accounted for a big chunk of the nearly $300 million in parlay bets.

Illinois Sports Betting By Sport September 2023

According to data reported by the Illinois Gaming Board, September marked the third time Illinois sports betting handle eclipsed $1 billion, and the sixth time in the past year.

Additionally, September’s handle total was up roughly 30% year-on-year. This is a significant jump that means we’ll likely see more records fall before the year is done.

Most Illinois sports bettors prefer using DraftKings

On an operator-by-operator basis, DraftKings brought in the most handle at $409.9 million in September. FanDuel was second ($355.3 million) and then BetRivers ($96.9 million).

Caesars and PointsBet rounded out the operators that generated at least $50 million in handle.

Illinois Sports Betting Info Graphic September 2023

What’s ahead for Illinois sports betting?

Based on Illinois’ 2022 numbers, it’s likely we could see more records over the next few months. Handle rose roughly $300 million from September 2022 to October 2022.

If that trend holds up this year, then the handle will hit $1.1 billion for the first time in the state’s history in October. Additionally, we could see the handle surpass $1 billion for five straight months (September to January) for the first time in Illinois history, too.

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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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