Illinois bettors wager $45.6m on the Super Bowl

Illinois is one of the first states to publish figures for this past weekend’s Super Bowl game.

According to figures from the Illinois Gaming Board (IGB), bettors in the state of Illinois wagered a total of $45.6m on Sunday’s Super Bowl contest.

The majority of the state’s Super Bowl handle came from online sportsbooks with bettors in the state wagering $42.8m via online sportsbooks and just $2.9m via land-based sportsbooks.

Sportsbook operators in the state managed to generate $7.66m in gross gaming revenue from Tampa Bay’s victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Of the total revenue, $1.15m was allocated to state coffers in tax revenue.

The IGB did not break down Super Bowl betting activity across individual operators.

Mobile betting continues to dominate

Since Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker gave mobile betting the green light with an executive order in June 2020 mobile betting has accounted for more than 90% of the market’s betting handle.

According to the state’s most recent sports betting revenue report, bettors in the state wagered $433.7m via online sportsbooks in November 2020.

On Friday last week, Illinois’ governor went on to renew the remote registration executive order which will remain in place until 6 March. This means that bettors in the state will be able to sign up for online sportsbooks remotely from anywhere within the state.

Sports betting in Illinois

In July 2019, Pritzker signed Illinois’ gambling expansion bill into law, making Illinois the fifth state to legalize sports betting in 2019. As well as legalizing sports betting, the bill allowed for the launch of six new land-based casinos and a large casino venue in Chicago.

The Illinois sports betting market went live on 9 March with the launch of a BetRivers-branded sportsbook at Rivers Casino Des Plaines.  Online sports betting went live in the state when BetRivers launched its online sports betting platform on 18 June through Rivers Casino des Plaines.

Bettors in the state can now legally wager with several sports betting operators including BetRivers, DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet, and William Hill.

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