Rhode Island July Sports Betting Handle Climbs 231.5%

Rhode Island July Sports Betting Handle Climbs 231.5%
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With casinos open and the in-person registration requirement lifted, Rhode Island saw its total sports betting handle jump 231.5% in July. It was still down year over year as sportsbooks in the two casinos were closed much of the month.

The July handle was $6,738,626, a huge increase over June’s $2,032,803, but still off 19% from July 2019’s $8,321,947.

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Although the casinos in Rhode Island reopened June 8, the sportsbooks stayed closed until July 22.

Mobile had a solid showing in July with a handle of $4,402,795, which was up 109.5% from June’s $2,100,736, according to figures posted on the state lottery website. Mobile sports betting wasn’t available in Rhode Island in July 2019. The July 2020 mobile handle was 65.4% of the total sports handle for the month.

July sports betting revenue was $351,425, up 246.8% from June’s $101,328, but down 57.5% from July 2019’s $827,579.

Rhode Island Sports Betting July 2020 vs. June 2020

July 2020 June 2020Change
Total Handle$6.739M$2.033M+231.5%
Mobile Handle$4.403M$2.101M+109.5%

No In-Person Registration Should Help

Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the legislation getting rid of the in-person registration requirement to place mobile sports bets on July 22. Rhode Island saw its gaming revenue stream dry up during the coronavirus pandemic, prompting legislators to approve two bills that eliminated the provision.

Rhode Island sports bettors can register from anywhere in the state and not have to visit the state’s two casinos — Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln and the Tiverton Casino Hotel.

Even so, the state still only offers a single, online betting option through the state lottery — SportsBetRI.com.

With the Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics in action, New England sports fans' interest is piqued.

And the NFL season is looming, with the first game scheduled for Sept. 10. The Patriots have a lot of NFL betting questions after quarterback Tom Brady left the team this offseason to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. New England opens the season Sept. 13 against the Miami Dolphins.

Other Rhode Island Gaming Numbers

Rhode Island saw video lottery terminal (VLT) income of $29,175,516 in July, up 150% from June’s $11,668,432. But it was down 28.1% year over year from the $40,569,585 in July 2019.

Net table games revenue in July was $4,550,657. It was just $105,600 in June with casinos closed. The July figure was down 52.5% year over year from July 2019’s $9,576,648.

Twin River Worldwide Holdings, which owns the state’s two casinos, could lay off more than 1,300 furloughed employees at the end of September, according to published reports. The furloughs — 1,043 in Lincoln and 296 in Tiverton — would become permanent then.