First batch of data is in from newly licensed Mississippi sportsbooks
September 07, 2018 9:01 AM
by Robert Mann
The first batch of data is now in from newly licensed Mississippi sportsbooks showing $9.8 million in total handle during the state’s first full month of sports betting, Aug. 1st-Sept. 3rd. This, according to Mississippi Gaming Commission executive director Allen Godfrey.
By comparison, Delaware’s three new sportsbooks took in $8.2 million total wagers in its first full month (June 25-July 29) with New Jersey’s four sportsbooks in operation that first month (July 1-31) producing a handle of $40.6 million. Neither the handle breakdown including a “hold” figure at each property nor a tax breakdown for Mississippi is available at this time.
A total of 20 sportsbooks are now open statewide.
Betting is expected to spike significantly upwards with the college football season having begun last week. The state is home to two SEC teams, University of Mississippi and Mississippi State. Local bookmakers also report an influx of sports bettors from Alabama and Louisiana, home to SEC stalwarts, the University of Alabama and Louisiana State University.