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Illinois Sports Betting Killed It In January — With A Little Help From FanDuel

Illinois is somewhat quietly becoming one of the online betting hubs of the United States. After a massive January that saw it post the third-highest sports betting handle of any state Illinois sports betting is continuing a massive upward trajectory, and FanDuel is riding right alongside.

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Illinois’ $1.29 billion trailed only New York and New Jersey and led Pennsylvania and Ohio by roughly $400 million. Additionally, the state’s gaming board announced $135.2 million in sports betting revenue in January, its highest ever and the second straight month that Illinois sportsbooks have set the record.

Translation: The house is smoking bettors in Illinois lately. Yes, it also means Illinois sports betting business is booming — but come one, my fellow Illinoisans; how about we start winning more bets?

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Like it is in most states, FanDuel was a big contributor to Illinois’ record month, boasting $59.4 million in winnings — which also pushed it past $1 billion total in the state, the first mobile sportsbook to do so.

Data suggests it was a chaotic NFL playoff season that played a major role in the books winning big, as parlay revenue was the highest it has ever been for a single month in Illinois ($86.7 million).

Brick-and-mortar retail locations also did pretty well in January, with $3.2 million in revenue. However, one sportsbook did lose over $350,000 in this time to drag the total number down a bit. Other retail books like Rivers Casino in Des Plaines did great business.

All in all, the month of January was a good sign that sports betting is going to be a profitable endeavor for the state of Illinois. How Illinois bettors perform, now, that may be another story.

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