ALTON — More than $86.1 million in Super Bowl bets could be placed in Illinois this year, according to sports betting analysts.
According to Eric Ramsey, lead analyst at Catena Media which owns PlayUSA.com, $45.6 million was placed in Super Bowl betting in Illinois last year. PlayIllinois.com’s Dave Briggs calculated that Illinois sports bettors wagered more than $60 million on last year’s Super Bowl.
Changes in Illinois sports betting law are expected to significantly increase betting this year when the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Feb. 12.
Local sports betting is offered at Argosy Casino Alton and FanDuel Sportsbook & Horse Racing in Collinsville.
“Metro Chicago could continue to flex its muscles in sports betting prowess in 2023,” according to PlayUSA.com’s Derek Helling. beginning of February. There’s little to do except place bets and then watch the game.”
Last year Illinois lifted the in-person registration requirement for online betting that was in effect in 2021. With that over and the market moving towards maturity, Illinois sports betting could be next market to reach nine figures in betting on Super Bowl Sunday, Helling said.
Illinois gamblers placed a record $1.03 billion in sports bets in November, surpassing October’s tally of $1.029 billion, according to data reported by the Illinois Gaming Board. FanDuel in Collinsville led all Illinois casinos in November sports betting with a handle of $345,273,098. This generated $43,827,568 in sports betting and $7,007,955 in tax revenue. Argosy Casino Alton brought in a record $4,630,633 in November, generating $376,726 in revenue and $49,661 in fees.
Nationwide, Over $1.1 Billion in Super Bowl Bets Expected to Be Placed in Sports Betting in the U.S.
“The 2023 Super Bowl could attract more bets than any other game in U.S. sports history, easily surpassing the 2022 total by adding a few major markets to the equation,” Ramsey said.
The top five sports betting states — New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Illinois and Ohio — are projected to bring in a total of $621.9 million in Super Bowl wagers.
As sports betting remains illegal in Missouri, Helling said many Kansas City, Missouri residents will likely cross the border to place legal bets in Kansas—the first year legal sports bets in Kansas will accept Super Bowl bets.
Super Bowl LVII will be played at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, just across the parking lot from a brick-and-mortar sportsbook.
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER or text ILGAMB at 833234.