The first day of mobile sports betting in Illinois following the Coronavirus shutdown saw almost two-thirds of the money wagered on Spanish soccer.
Although representatives for the Des Plaines gambling house failed to
share the maiden handle or the complete number of wagers placed they revealed
that approximately 60% of the Illinoisans who created accounts to place money
down put at least a portion of their money on soccer.
The majority of that money – 56% – was wagered on La Liga Spanish
football and Real Madrid’s winning match-up against Valencia.
The rest of the action saw bettors chip in about 17% of the handle on
PGA Tour golf and 5% on Korean baseball.
As more sports return to the board following months of being shut down
due to the pandemic, it is anticipated that the keen market for soccer
(football) will even out. There are
fluctuating levels of optimism for the NBA, NHL and MLB to negotiate deals with
their respective players’ associations to return to action this summer.
After the launch in March of its retail sports-book was ruined due to
the shutdown Rivers became the first of the seven licensed casinos in the state
to offer online sports betting, a key market that draws the vast majority of
the handle in other states where it is legal.
Approximately three-quarters of Rivers’ Day 1 bets were made from