As the saying goes, when one door closes, another door opens. And that is precisely what happened in the Midwest when it comes to legalizing online poker and casino games.
The December 2020 numbers are in for Illinois sports betting, and the state finished the year strong. How strong? December saw the state hit $491.7 million in handle, $125.4 million in revenue, and generated $20.1 million in state taxes.
In Illinois, the first non-casino sportsbook will open its doors today at Hawthorne’s off-track betting facility in Crestwood through its partnership with sports betting operator PointsBet.