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Three big states in the expansion of sports betting in the United States posted disappointing revenue figures for the month of February. Even with the Super Bowl at the beginning of the month, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Mississippi posted sluggish to modest handles and winning revenue figures for the second month of 2020.
Mississippi posted a drop in February revenue figures that marked a drop compared to last year’s February and from January 2020. Revenue fell in Mississippi by 25% compared to February of 2019 and the revenue total dropped a whopping 54.4% from January of this year.
Mississippi casinos posted a winning total of $2.1 million in revenue from sports betting for February. Last month, the casinos brought in $4.6 million fueled by the NFL playoffs, NBA and NHL. But with just the Super Bowl in February, casinos witnessed a drop in betting enthusiasm for the remaining sports.
But the news was not all bad for the state as the February handle in 2020 rose to $34.5 million in total bets when compared to last year’s second month handle total. The Feb. 2020 handle increased by 37.5% when compared to February of 2019.
The post-Super Bowl world of betting also gave Pennsylvania a subpar February as the state’s handle fell over 5% from January of 2020. The total handle of $329.8 million continued to be one of the best in the country, but when compared to the previous month’s handle of $348.4 million, the state’s revenue sagged under the modest fall in month-to-month figures.
The state’s year-to-year total cannot be accurately compared as Pennsylvania did not have online betting in February of 2019. But on-site betting only enjoyed a slight rise as the handle went from $31.5 million in February of 2019 to $35.6 million this February.
Pennsylvania’s sports betting market continues to be fueled by a healthy online sector as the second month of February set an all-time record with 89.2% of all bets made with the help of a mobile app.
But even with the spectacular online presence, the handle for February dipped below $300 million after seeing a record mobile handle in January.
Even with a haul of $38 million in winnings from bettors in February from a staggering handle of $491.7 million, Nevada trailed New Jersey for the second straight month for the top spot in total handle for the United States betting market.
Nevada did win more money on Super Bowl 54 than New Jersey as the Garden State won just $17 million compared to the $18.77 million of the Silver State. But the action generated by NBA and college basketball propelled New Jersey to a monthly handle of $494.8 million, just 3.8 million more than Nevada for February 2020.
Nevada’s February handle of $491 million is the first month since September of 2019 where the state took in less than $500 million in monthly bets. For the month, Nevada casinos won $15.2 million in their football wagers and $13.1 million in basketball bets. Both sports easily led the total revenue taken for the state’s casinos.
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