Mississippi September Sports Betting Shows 29% Increase

Mississippi September Sports Betting Shows 29% Increase
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Mississippi sports betting saw another substantial increase in handle September, up 29% over August and 37.9% percent over September 2019.

The September sports betting handle in Mississippi was $52,220,289, over $11 million more than August ($40,489,135) and over $14 million more than last year’s total in September of $37,870,989, according to figures released Tuesday by the state.

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The state also saw a big jump in revenue in September. The Magnolia State had taxable revenue of $6,598,931, up 76% from August’s $3,748,732 and up 17.2% from September 2019’s $5,631,583, according to the Mississippi Gaming Commission figures.

With a full month of NFL action under its belt and college football continuing, Mississippi’s sports betting increases should continue for the rest of the year.

Football was the sport bet on the most in Mississippi in September with about $22.3 million wagered. Basketball saw about $11.3 million in bets in September.

Mississippi Sports Betting, September vs. August

Betting handle Revenue
September $52.2M $6.6M
August $40.5M $3.8M
Change Up 29% Up 76%

Mississippi Casinos See Gaming Decrease

The September slots drop in Mississippi was $1.791 billion, a decrease of 1.8% from August’s $1.824 billion and down 1.6% from September 2019’s $1.821 billion.

The September table games drop was $146 million, down 4.8% from August’s $153.4 million and a decrease of 8.5% from September 2019’s $159.5 million.

Mississippi Year-Over-Year Sports Betting

Betting handle Revenue
Sept. 2020 $52.2M $6.6M
Sept. 2019 $37.9M $5.6M
Change Up 37.9% Up 17.2%

Mobile Restriction Remains

Mississippi’s 26 commercial casinos — 13 on land and 13 on riverboats —reopened in late May at 50% capacity after being closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. When they did reopen there were few of the major sports being played.

Since July bettors in Mississippi have had more betting opportunities. But sports bettors must place online wagers inside one of the commercial casinos since there is a restriction on mobile sports betting. Most states that have reported September wagering figures have been seeing record totals.

New Jersey last week announced a U.S record total handle of $748.6 million in September, which easily shattered the record month for a state and nationally. The previous record was $668 million in New Jersey in August.