Delaware September Sports Betting Handle, Revenue on Rise

Delaware September Sports Betting Handle, Revenue on Rise
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Despite sports betting numbers being down in September compared to a year ago at the same time, Delaware saw a substantial increase in its September sports betting handle and revenue compared to August.

The total sports betting handle for September was $7,273,232, up 145.9% from August’s $2,957,634. But compared to September 2019, the handle was down 38% from $11,839,818, according to figures posted on the Delaware Lottery website.

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Sports betting revenue saw a similar rise, with September’s total at $904,450, an increase of 146% over August’s $367,116, according to the Delaware Lottery report. The 2019 revenue in the same month was 58% higher — $2,159,643 — than this year’s total.

Revenue from iGaming

Delaware is one of five states — New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nevada and West Virginia are the others — with online gaming options. Online casino gaming is legal in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and online poker sites can be played in Nevada and those four states. Michigan will soon join those states with iGaming.

Delaware’s September iGaming handle was $18,078,476, which was a decrease of 8.6% from August's $19,834,956. It was a 44.5% increase from September 2019 ($12,533,023). Even with the handle being down, Delaware’s September revenue of $840,146 was 14.6% higher than August's total of $808,623 and up 118.3% from September 2019’s $384,829.

There were 546 new registrations for Delaware’s iGaming platform in September. That total is down from August's 571 and is the fourth straight month registrations have been down from the month prior. In April, Delaware had its biggest month with 1,410 new registrations.

How Each Delaware Casino Did

Delaware’s three casinos were shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic from mid March up until June 1. Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington were able to reopen with new health and social distancing guidelines while capacity was capped at 30%.

Sports betting is allowed at the three casinos, but there is no mobile sports betting in the state despite it being legal.

Dover Downs, located in the state capital, had the highest August handle with $7,810,157 with a revenue of $331,457.

Delaware Park had the second-highest handle with $7,359,945 and a revenue of $259,986 in August.

Harrington Raceway posted an August handle of $4,664,853 and finished with a revenue of $217,179.

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