Mobile Sportsbooks Drive Top US Sports Betting Markets

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The top six sports betting states in the US combined for nearly $3 billion in overall handle in November. With the exception of Nevada, all of the states taking a spot in the top six operate as flourishing mobile sports betting markets.

New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, and Colorado all hit new monthly highs in November, as the expansion of US sports betting continued to surge in the final months of 2020.

Illinois’ most recent revenue figures come from November, so this roundup looks at the overall betting handle from the top six US markets for November. These figures include a breakdown of the percentage of overall handle that comes from mobile sports betting apps versus retail sportsbooks.

November 2020 Betting Handle (Top Six US Markets)

 Overall Betting HandleMobile Betting Handle% Handle From MobileMTM Handle Change
New Jersey $931,620,415
$872,076,040
93.6%
+16.0%
Nevada $609,536,489
$343,947,368
56.4%
-7.5%
Pennsylvania $491,910,712
$447,418,449
91.0%
-6.4%
Illinois $449,239,161
$433,694,636
96.5%
+3.4%
Indiana $251,403,994
$213,687,911
85.0%
+8.9%
Colorado $231,238,842
$226,872,186
98.1%
+9.7%
Totals $2,964,949,613
$2,537,696,590
85.6%
+3.5%

1. NJ Sports Betting ($931,620,415 overall, 93.6% from mobile)

The champion in the US sports betting market set yet another new benchmark in November. With $931.6 million in bets received, New Jersey sportsbooks increased 16% over its own previous monthly handle record, set in October.

Of that total, $872 million came from online sportsbooks. That equates to 93.6% of all sports bets coming from mobile platforms in November.

The early months of 2020 saw online betting accounting for around 80% of overall handle. That percentage has steadily increased throughout the rest of the year, however, as mobile sportsbooks continue to thrive in the face of COVID-19 restrictions that affect land-based casino capacity.

New Jersey takes the top spot in both overall and online handle, and appears poised to hold that distinction for the foreseeable future. With an unparalleled selection of top-tier online sports betting brands, New Jersey sits at the center of the sports betting universe in the US.

The monthly handle breakdown from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement can be viewed here.

2. Nevada Sports Betting ($609,536,489 overall, 56.4% from mobile)

The gambling capital of the US ceded major ground to New Jersey in the battle for sports betting dollars in November. Nevada’s $609.5 million in overall handle came up more than $320 million short of New Jersey, as the Garden State continues to break away from Nevada as the nation’s top sports betting market.

Powered by the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada still stands as the strongest retail sports betting market in the US, by far. The Silver State comes in as the No. 4 online sports betting market in October, behind New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.

Noticeably absent from the Nevada mobile sports betting industry are names like DraftKings, FanDuel, BetRivers, and PointsBet. William Hill takes a big share of mobile wagering revenue in Nevada, followed by in-house mobile sportsbooks offered by various casinos.

The October revenue reports from the Nevada Gaming Control board are viewable here.

3. PA Sports Betting ($491,910,712 overall, 91.0% from mobile)

Month-to-month retail and online betting handle took a slight dip in Pennsylvania in October. After eclipsing the half-billion mark in September, combined handle dropped 6.4% to just under $492 million for the month.

Pennsylvania still came in as the No. 2 mobile sports betting market in the US and No. 3 overall. Illinois closes the gap on Pennsylvania in both categories with each passing month, however.

Both Pennsylvania and Illinois appear primed to contend as top-five US sports betting markets throughout 2021. Four of the top six sports betting states see more than 90% of wagers come from mobile sportsbook apps, with Pennsylvania garnering 91% of all bets from online books in November.

The monthly handle breakdown from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board can be seen here.

4. Illinois Sports Betting ($449,239,161 overall, 96.5% from mobile)

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has extended the suspension of the state’s in-person online sportsbook registration requirement no less than seven times. Based on the state’s mobile sports betting surge, state lawmakers might get rid of the in-person registration provision for good.

Gov. Pritzker’s latest extension of the order waives the in-person requirement through March 6. Since launching online sports betting in June 2020, Illinois rapidly emerged as a contender for the No. 2 mobile wagering market in the US.

DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetRivers dominate the Illinois market, with DraftKings Sportsbook holding the edge in overall betting handle for November. Illinois betting handle surged from $285.2 million in September to $433.7 million in October, and November’s $449.2 million handle figure gained 3.4% month-to-month.

The Illinois Gaming Board’s interactive revenue reports can be viewed here.

5. Indiana Sports Betting ($251,403,994 overall, 85.0% from mobile)

Apart from Nevada, Indiana’s betting handle sees the biggest influence from retail sportsbooks. Online wagering in the Hoosier State still makes up 85% of overall handle, however.

Indiana came in as the No. 5 overall sports betting market in October and the No. 6 mobile sports betting market. Colorado generated more online handle than Indiana for the month, but Indiana’s viable land-based casino sportsbooks pushed the state ahead of Colorado overall.

November saw Indiana’s overall handle go over the $250 million mark for the first time, an increase of 8.9% month-to-month. Indiana represents yet another market dominated by FanDuel and DraftKings, with ten overall online sportsbooks available to bettors in the Hoosier State.

The November revenue reports from the Indiana Gaming Commission can be viewed here.

6. Colorado Sports Betting ($231,238,842 overall, 98.1% from mobile)

Mobile wagering influences Colorado’s sports betting success more than any other top-six US market. Online sportsbooks generated 98.1% of overall handle in November, as Colorado edged out Indiana in the mobile handle rankings for the third straight month.

Since launching online sports betting in May, Colorado’s monthly betting handle numbers have increased in six consecutive months. Colorado’s prospects for sports betting success appears bright for 2020, as the state should remain a top-ten US market even with the launch of sports betting in Michigan and Virginia.

The monthly breakdown from the Colorado Division of Gaming is available here.

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Geoff Fisk

Geoff Fisk is a San Diego-based freelance writer, specializing in the poker and gambling industries. He’s written for numerous platforms and has traveled the globe as a live poker tournament reporter. Geoff is an avid sports fan, but poker is his passion.

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