Delaware saw a significant rise in its September sports betting handle and sales relative to August, despite sports betting numbers being down in September compared to a year earlier at the same time.
The overall betting handle for September for sports was $7,273,232, up 145.9 percent from $2,957,634 in August. But, according to statistics posted on the Delaware Lottery website, the handle was down 38 percent from $11,839,818 compared to September 2019.
According to the Delaware Lottery survey, sports betting revenue saw a similar spike, with September ‘s total at $904,450, an increase of 146 percent over August’s $367,116. In the same month, the revenue for 2019 was 58 percent higher-$2,159,643-than the total this year.
Delaware is one of five states with online gaming options, with New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nevada and West Virginia being the others. In Delaware, New Jersey , Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, online casino gaming is legal and online poker sites can be played in Nevada and those four states. With iGaming, Michigan will soon join those nations.
Delaware ‘s August iGaming handle was $19,834,956, which was down 4.6 percent from $20,782,682 in July, but from August 2019 (12,533,023) it was a 58.3 percent rise. Delaware ‘s August revenue of $808,623 was 14.6 percent higher than July ‘s total of $705,533 and up 178.6 percent from $290,200 in August 2019, even with the handle being down.
For Delaware’s iGaming website, there were 571 new registrations. The number is down from 668 in July and marks the registrations for the fourth straight month were down from the month before. With 1,410 new registrations in April, Delaware had its biggest month.
From mid-March until June 1, Delaware ‘s three casinos were shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. With new health and social distancing guidelines, Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington were able to reopen though capacity was reduced to 30 percent.
Sports betting at the three casinos is permitted, but despite it being legal, there is no mobile sports betting in the state.
At $7,810,157 with a revenue of $331,457, Dover Downs, based in the state capital, had the highest August contract.
With $7,359,945 and a revenue of $259,986 in August, Delaware Park had the second-higher handle.
Harrington Raceway posted $4,664,853 for August and finished with $217,179 in sales.