Caliente Interactive approved as sports betting operator in Illinois

Caliente has gained regulatory approval to launch in Illinois.
Caliente has gained regulatory approval to launch in Illinois.

The Mexico-based operator has received a licence from the Illinois Gaming Board.

US.- The Illinois Gaming Board (IGB) has approved Mexico-based operator Caliente Interactive for an online sports betting licence.

In August, IGB announced a December 3 deadline for applications for three online-only sports betting licences. The new permits would be issued in line with the Illinois Sports Betting Act and would go to three operators that don’t currently hold a licence or temporary licence in the state.

Illinois sports betting handle drops to $679m in February

Illinois sportsbooks took $679m in bets in February. It’s the first time since September that the handle fell below $700m, represents a 21.8 per cent drop from the record $867.5m wagered in January. The figures reported by the Illinois Gaming Board were however up 33.3 per cent from February 2021’s $509.8m.

Betting volume reached $23.4m per day, somewhat lower than January’s $28m-per-day figure. The mobile sports betting handle was $652.3m, 21.3 per cent less than January’s $829.1m, but 33.1 per cent higher than February 2021’s $490.2m.

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