About the Author

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes has written three books about sports. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. He enjoys writing, running, and lemon bars. He lives near Lake Michigan with his daughters and usually has an orange cream soda nearby.

Iowa Sports Betting Handle Eclipses $2 Billion

January 13, 2022 | By: Dan Holmes

For Iowa, 2021 went out like a lion (or maybe a Hawkeye?), as the state saw more than $266.5 million wagered on sports in December. According to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, that lifted the state over the $2 billion mark for sports betting in 2021. Iowa was one of 10 states to surpass […]

Illinois To Allow Limited In-State College Sports Betting

December 22, 2021 | By: Dan Holmes

One of the glaring flaws in Illinois sports betting law has been rectified. Following the passage of a new law, bettors will soon be able to wager on in-state college teams in Illinois, such as the Fighting Illini, Northwestern, and Loyola University in Chicago. On Dec. 17, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed HB 3136 into law, […]

City Council Lifts Ban on Chicago Sports Betting

December 20, 2021 | By: Dan Holmes

Criticism accompanies the decision by the Chicago City Council to lift a ban on sports betting in the city. The move clears the way for sports betting in and around historic Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, Guaranteed Rate Field, the United Center, and Wintrust Arena. They would join 10 other retail sportsbooks currently operating in Illinois. […]

Indiana, Iowa Sports Betting Set Records Once Again

December 13, 2021 | By: Dan Holmes

For a third consecutive month, both Indiana and Iowa set records for sports betting volume. Combined, the two states eclipsed half a billion in sports betting in November 2021. Indiana inched up to $463 million in sports betting volume for November, with revenues shattering the previous top mark. The state logged $47.6 million in adjusted […]

Debate Over Chicago Sports Betting Heating Up

December 1, 2021 | By: Dan Holmes

In public hearings earlier this week in Chicago, officials and interested parties expressed their opinions on lifting the ban on sports betting within the city. No consensus has been met, but it appears that city officials believe lifting the ban would be good for the long-term success of sports betting in the Windy City. Currently, […]