Illinois Finishes April As The Second-Largest Sports Betting Market In The US

Illinois went live with mobile sports betting in June 2020, and ten months later the Land of Lincoln has emerged as the No. 2 online sports betting market in the nation.

The state’s online sportsbooks took $513.2 million in wagers in April. Overall betting handle came in at $537.1 million, with mobile wagers representing 95.5% of that figure.

Only New Jersey ($681.17 million) generated more wagers from online sportsbooks in April. The Illinois market remained strong, despite Gov. J.B. Pritzker reinstating the state’s in-person registration requirement for new online sportsbook accounts on April 4.

The $537.1 million in combined online and retail handle made Illinois the second-largest overall sports betting market in the US in April. Pennsylvania ($479.4 million) and Nevada ($457.8 million) came in at No. 3 and No. 4 on that list.


 Overall Betting HandleMobile Betting Handle% Handle From MobileMTM Handle Change
2021 Totals$2,262,121,572


Retail OperatorOnline SkinsApril 2021 RevenueMonth-to-Month Change2021 YTD Revenue
Fairmount Park/Par-A-Dice Gaming CorporationFanDuel Sportsbook$15,846,643+23.9%$57,061,198
Casino Queen Inc.DraftKings Sportsbook$11,451,113-7.3%$49,683,361
Midwest Gaming & EntertainmentBetRivers$7,116,967
Hollywood Casino AuroraBarstool Sportsbook$3,763,354
Hawthorne Race Course Inc.PointsBet$2,748,855-37.2%$15,223,380

Overall betting handle dropped 15.2% month-to-month against March, Illinois’ all-time best month as a sports betting industry. That same trend emerged in almost every state with legal sports betting, however, as the winter sports season came to an end.

Illinois produced the second-highest monthly mobile sports betting revenue total of any US state in April. The state’s online sportsbooks generated $40,926,933 in total revenue, with the state taking $6,641,158 in online sports betting revenue tax collection.

FanDuel Sportsbook rules the mobile sports betting landscape in Illinois. FanDuel ended April as the only mobile sportsbook to post a month-to-month revenue gain in April, collecting $15,846,643 in revenue.

DraftKings Sportsbook and BetRivers persist as viable products in the Illinois market as well. FanDuel, DraftKings, and BetRivers combined account for 84.5% of all online sports betting revenue in Illinois in 2021.

Barstool Sportsbook and PointsBet rounded out the selection of sportsbooks offering statewide online sports betting in April.

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Geoff Fisk

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