Delaware Sees 15.6% Drop in June Sports Betting Handle

Delaware Sees 15.6% Drop in June Sports Betting Handle
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Although Delaware saw an increase In May sports betting handle, it dropped in June without the benefit of a NASCAR race.

June total sports betting handle was just under $6 million ($5,958,137), down 15.6% from May’s $7.1 million. The May total was a 29% increase from April’s $5.5 million.

The Delaware Lottery posted sports betting figures for May and June on Thursday.

Total sports betting revenue in Delaware for June was $644,366 ($645,736 from sportsbooks, minus-$1,370 from sports lottery retailers). That was a decline of 4.9% from May’s $677,441.

There is no online sports betting in Delaware.

With Delaware’s May total being the final state report for the month, the national handle for May to just over $3.7 billion.

Delaware Sports Betting, June vs. May

Total handle Revenue
June$5.958M$0.644M
May$7.061M$0.677M
ChangeDown 15.6% Down 4.9%

iGaming Thrives in Delaware

The May iGaming handle for Delaware was $26.7 million, up 24.1% from April’s $21.5 million. Revenue from iGaming in May was $910,282, an increase of 4.1% from April’s $874,012.

Online casino gaming is legal in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Michigan and Delaware. Online poker is legal in those states and Nevada.

NASCAR Race in Dover

Dover International Speedway hosted a NASCAR Cup Series race on May 16 and had fans for the first time since before the coronavirus pandemic. NASCAR events are usually good for the Dover Downs sportsbook, which is next to the track, and likely contributed to the May increase in total handle.

Alex Bowman won the Drydene 400 at Dover’s “Monster Mile,” beating Kyle Larson.

Delaware lifted capacity limits at the state casinos on May 21.

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