After leading Indiana's charge into legal sports betting, head of state's gaming commission is headed to the private sector.
Fueled by a sharp rise in parlay wagering, sports betting handle in the Hoosier State climbed back over $200 million for the month of August according to figures released by the Indiana Gaming Commission on Friday.
The nationwide rebrand of William Hill to Caesar's reached Indiana as the state's Gaming Commission authorized Caesars Sportsbook as the official mobile skin of Harrah's Hoosier Park.
Sara Gonso Tait, who led the Indiana Gaming Commission during its implementation of the 2019 sports betting law, will step down next month.
Indiana casinos and their respective sports betting partners reported $235.7 million in total winnings last month, best for July since 2011.
Sports betting handle in Indiana dipped below $200 million for the first time in 11 months, but it was still enough to make it the fifth state to clear $4 billion post-PASPA.
A surge in admissions across the 10 casinos in the state of Illinois helped fuel a climb in revenue to $120.1 million for July, a high-water mark for 2021.
Led by Pokagon Band Tribal Council Chairman Matthew Wesaw and Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, Four Winds Casino in South Bend began offering Class III gaming.
The chances of horse racing at Arlington International Racecourse beyond September grew dimmer when the Illinois Racing Board confirmed the track did not submit an application with racing dates for 2022.
Union employees at Arlington International have reportedly received formal layoff notices, perhaps as a precursor to the racetrack's closure.