Rhode Island August Sports Betting Handle Increases 243%
For the second straight month, Rhode Island saw its total sports handle increase substantially.
The August total handle was $23,116,965, up 243% from July’s $6,738,626. That July figure was a 231.5% increase from June’s $2,032,803.
Rhode Island’s big August was also a 129.8% increase from the sports handle a year ago, with the state’s total at $10,060,066 in August 2019. Casinos in Rhode Island reopened on June 8, but the sportsbooks remained closed until July 22, making August the first full month of operation since the coronavirus pandemic shutdown.
Mobile sports betting in the state had another solid month, with a total handle of $10,436,956, up 137% from July’s $4,402,795, according to figures posted on the state lottery website. Mobile betting was not available in August 2019.
The total sports revenue for August was $1,423,391, a 305% increase from July’s $351,425 and 67% higher than the August 2019 total of $851,788.
Rhode Island Sports Betting August vs. July
|Total handle||Mobile handle||Revenue|
|Change||Up 243%||Up 137%||Up 305%|
Eliminating In-Person Registration Requirement Boosted Numbers
The coronavirus pandemic had a direct negative impact on Rhode Island’s gaming revenue, which resulted in legislators approving two bills to eliminate in-person registration that had been required to place mobile sports bets. Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the legislation, effectively getting rid of this prior requirement on July 22.
After Illinois suspended its in-person registration requirement, Iowa and Nevada are the only two states that still have it. But Iowa’s ends on Jan. 1, 2021.
Now, Rhode Island sports bettors can register anywhere from within the state without having to visit the state’s two casinos — Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln and the Tiverton Casino Hotel. The state still offers only a single betting option through the state lottery at SportsBetRI.com.
With the Boston Red Sox playing regular-season games and the Boston Celtics making a deep playoff run to the Eastern Conference Finals, Boston fans in Rhode Island had plenty of opportunities to wager on their favorite teams. September should see a boost from the New England Patriots and the NFL kicking off.
Other Rhode Island Gaming Numbers
Rhode Island saw a decrease in its video lottery terminal income, with August at $24,514,805, down 16% from July’s $29,175,516. The August 2020 total was also down 41.4% from the same month a year ago, with August 2019 at $41,827.925.
Net table games revenue increased for the second consecutive month at $5,277,360. The August total was a 16% increase from July’s $4,550,657 but was down 47.5% from the August 2019 total of $10,054,696.
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