Illinois Sports Betting Up Big in September Across the Board

Illinois Sports Betting Up Big in September Across the Board
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It has been a fall to remember for Illinois sportsbooks and casinos, with a sizable month-over-month increase for revenues and taxes in the state.

Illinois sports betting operators took in $831,805,990 in wagers during September, which represented a 47.7% month-over-month increase from August’s $564,837,409.

Interestingly, the first September report since Illinois ended its in-person mobile sports betting registration requirement saw a 1.0% decrease, year-over-year, from the $840,440,434 handle the state reported in September 2021.

Illinois’ casino market, on the other hand, continued its ascendence in October, climbing 1.9%, month-over-month, from $113,812,498 in September to $115,958,384.

The state’s retail casinos saw increases in electronic gaming device and table games revenues — going from $85,217,990 (EGD) and $28,594,508 (table games) in September to $85,604,495 (EGDs) and $30,353,889 (table games) in October.

Here’s what else stood out during the month of October for Illinois’ sports betting and retail casino operators.

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Illinois Sports Betting Handle, September vs. August

Total handleMobile HandleRevenue
Change Up 47.3% Up 47.7% Up 64.1%

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Illinois Sports Betting Up Big in September

The top line theme from September’s sports betting report in Illinois was the state saw sizable improvements across the board, month-over-month.

Looking at the state’s wagering revenue, Illinois sportsbooks took in $78,416,646 — up 64.1% from the August revenue report ($47,788,940) and up 49.1% from September 2021 ($52,596,844).

As far as taxation is concerned, Illinois betting apps saw a 63.7% month-over-month increase, going from $7,739,911 in August to $12,667,631 in September.

When broken down by sport, football was the No. 1 draw, with $282,323,564 in wagers placed on NFL and college action.

Other noteworthy sports betting sums in September included baseball ($140,435,698), tennis ($85,618,649), soccer ($37,778,216) and basketball ($16,136,062). “Other sports” accounted for $47,672,810, while the parlay handle was $202,529,829 for the month.

Illinois Casinos Cash In On Strong October

The sportsbooks of Illinois weren’t the only winners in the Illinois Gaming Board’s latest report, however, as the state’s casinos increased their revenue during the month of October.

In total, Illinois’ casino revenue figure of $115,958,384 represented a 1.9% month-over-month increase, as well as a 6.3% year-over-year improvement from October 2021’s sum of $109,127,634.

Casinos in Illinois saw an across the board improvement, year-over-year, with electronic gaming devices taking in $85,604,495, up from $80,677,369 in 2021, and table games brining in $30,353,889, up from $28,450,265 in 2021.

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Where Illinois’ September Sports Betting Ranks

The state’s $831,805,990 sports betting handle during September currently ranks third nationally, behind New York ($1.26 billion) and New Jersey ($866.7 million).

The Land of Lincoln also ranks third nationally, behind New York and New Jersey, when it comes to year-to-date sports betting handle — with the state’s $6.66 billion haul falling behind the Empire State ($11.54 billion) and Garden State ($7.73 billion).

Illinois sportsbooks ranked ahead of Nevada ($761.1 million), Pennsylvania ($645.2 million), and Colorado ($450.2 million) during the month of September.

With the heart of the NFL and college football betting seasons on the horizon, the Illinois sports betting scene should only see bigger and brighter days in the months ahead.



Christopher Boan is a lead writer at specializing in covering state issues. He covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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