RECORD DECEMBER FOR ILLINOIS SPORTS BETTING MARKET DESPITE RETAIL CLOSURES
Illinois’ regulated sports betting market grew for the seventh consecutive month in December as total wagers reached a new high of $491.7m.
Despite the closure of all retail sportsbooks during the month due to COVID-19, total wagers were up 9 per cent compared to the previous month.
The state’s five online sportsbooks collected $324.5m in wagers on professional sports in December, with $167.2m wagered on college sports and a further $37,545 on motor races.
ILLINOIS SPORTS BETTING HANDLE: DECEMBER 2020 (US$)
|Midwest Gaming & Entertainment||111,216,418||—||111,216,418|
|Hawthorse Race Course||32,043,420||—||32,043,420|
|Elgin Riverboat Resort||8,583,662||—||8,583,662|
Casino Queen and its partner DraftKings continued to lead the way as the state’s market leader for sports betting with online wagers of $195.4m during the month.
This was ahead of Boyd Gaming’s Par-A-Dice Casino and partner FanDuel, which generated online wagers $144.4m in December.
The next biggest operator was Churchill Downs Incorporated and Rush Street Gaming’s Rivers Casino Des Plaines (trading as Midwest Gaming & Entertainment), which saw online wagers from BetRivers.com reach $111.2m.
Hawthorne Race Course and partner PointsBet collected online wagers of $32.0m, while Caesars Entertainment’s Grand Victoria Casino and its partner William Hill (trading as Elgin Riverboat Resort) took in wagers of $8.6m.
Gaming & Leisure Properties’ Hollywood Casino Aurora and Penn National Gaming’s Argosy Casino Alton and Hollywood Casino Joliet booked no sports bets in December due to the retail closures.
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