Football Sends Mississippi September Sports Betting Skyward
The sports betting handle revenue at Mississippi casinos followed a pattern from several other states in September, spiking dramatically thanks to football season getting underway.
September marked the beginning of regular-season NFL betting as well as a full month of college football betting. In Mississippi, the heart of SEC country, responded even more enthusiastically than most other states that also reported huge increases over August.
Of the 11 states that had reported September sports betting figures as of Wednesday afternoon, only West Virginia (168.8%) and Delaware (161.8%) had higher percentage handle increases than Mississippi. And both of those states had notable circumstances – West Virginia’s reporting was based on five weeks rather than the four in August, and part of Delaware’s handle is derived from parlay cards, which are only available at lottery outlets during football season.
Mississippi Sports Betting, September vs. August
|Change||Up 155.8%||Up 368.9%|
As one would expect, football betting has led to massive spikes and several records throughout the country. Michigan, Iowa and New York all experienced handle increases of at least 85% in September compared to August, and a 52.1% jump led to New Jersey becoming the first state ever to record more than $1 billion in sports betting handle in a month.
In a year-over-year comparison, Mississippi’s handle was 5% higher than the $52.2 million in September 2020.
Mississippi Revenue Jumps Even Higher
As enormous as the jump in handle was, Mississippi casinos saw an even larger increase in sports betting revenue for September.
September’s sports betting revenue was about $8.85 million, up 368.9% from August’s $1.9 million and a 34.1% from the $6.6 million in September 2020.
Mississippi Year-Over-Year Sports Betting
|Change||Up 5.0%||Up 34.1%|
The slot machine and table games handle also increased in Mississippi for the month. The September slots drop was $2.151 billion, up 7.7% from August ($1.998 billion). As for table games, that handle came to $164.5 million last month, beating the August figure of $151.0 million by 8.9%.
New Betting Option in Mississippi
There is still no true mobile sports betting market in Mississippi; bettors have to go to casinos to place bets. They can use their devices to wager but only inside the physical casinos.
Mississippi casino bettors did get another option recently, with BetMGM offering its services at the Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica.
Bettors in Mississippi can sign up for the BetMGM app at the casino.
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