Illinois Sports Betting Surges in September with NFL’s Return

Figures recently reported by the Illinois Gaming Board show the state’s retail and online sports betting sites handled $831.8 million in wagers during September, a big step up from August's $564.8 million in handle.

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2022 5:58 PM ET Read Time: 1 min
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There’s nothing like a little football to get people gambling, and the effect that the return of the NFL's regular season had on sports betting in Illinois was obvious in September.

Figures recently reported by the Illinois Gaming Board show the state’s retail and online sports betting sites handled $831.8 million in wagers during September, a big step up from August's $564.8 million in action and September 2021's $596.5 million in handle. 

Adjusted gross revenue generated by operators during September in Illinois was $78.4 million, good for a hold of 9.4%. Both figures topped those for August, when total revenue earned by operators was about $47.8 million and their win rate was nearly 8.5%. 

A new leader

There was a big shakeup atop the rankings of operators as well in September. Leading the way in handle for the month was DraftKings, with $291.9 million in in-person and mobile bets, followed by longtime leader FanDuel, which registered an overall handle of $240.9 million.

The month's revenue also translated into about $11.8 million in state tax payments for operators, in addition to almost $800,000 owed to Cook County, which is home to Chicago. 

It was clear that the National Football League played a big role in September’s surge in wagering, as regular season games were again played during the month.

The sport with the greatest handle for Illinois sportsbooks in September was football, which drew $292.3 million in wagering, followed by baseball with almost $139 million in handle. Parlays also accounted for $198.9 million of the state's overall action.

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