Delaware iGaming hits landmark despite decline; Summer crisis for sports betting

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The Delaware iGaming handful fell in May from the previous two months, but the state still exceeded a benchmark.

Meanwhile, the handful of sportsbooks in The First State had the usual summer slide.

Here’s a look at the latest Delaware game numbers.

Delaware’s online game clears the hurdle again

Delaware is one of six states with real money online casinos.

The state’s iGaming handle in May was $31,908,048. That’s down 14.3% from April, when it was $37,212,671, the second-highest figure on record. The record was set the previous month, when Delaware reported a handful of $37,410,056 for March.

However, the May total was still notable as it was the first time the state exceeded $30 million in iGaming wagers for three consecutive months, according to figures reported by the Delaware Lottery.

Another milestone was recorded for Delaware online casino revenue (or net wins), with May being the third consecutive month with over $1 million. It is also a first for the State. For perspective, the first time Delaware saw $1 million in iGaming revenue for a month was in May 2020, at $1.13 million. The seven-figure barrier has only been breached once in 2021, with $1.087 million in December. But so far in 2022, Delaware has seen over $1 million in four of the first five months.

May revenue was $1,098,941, down 10.1% from the state record of $1,221,890, set in April, and just missing out on second place for the year behind January’s $1.12 million.

Delaware Sports Betting, June vs May

Full handle Revenue
June $3.507 million $0.212M
May $5.127 million $0.495M
To change Down 31.6% Down 57.2%

Note: There are no mobile sportsbooks in Delaware.

Sports betting as expected

Summer is a slow season for sports betting in markets across the country and Delaware, which released May and June numbers simultaneously, is no exception.

Delaware’s sports betting handle for June was $3,507,846, down 31.6% from May’s $5,127,275. These numbers are well down from the recent peak of $22.2 million in October 2021, or even the $12.6 million in January.

That’s largely because Delaware doesn’t have a mobile market, and its more convenient option isn’t available at this time of year.

During the NFL and college football season, the state offers Parlay cards, which often make up around 40% of sports betting in the state in the fall. But during the summer months, the state only offers retail betting at three physical venues – Delaware Park in Wilmington, Bally’s Dover Casino Resort in Dover and Harrington Raceway in Harrington – so the market slips even further into the Delaware than in other states.

And with neighboring Pennsylvania gambling market offering mobile sports betting with plenty of options, many Delaware residents don’t have to go far for a more convenient option than a land-based casino.

As for sports betting revenue, it also fell sharply in Delaware, dropping 57.2% from $494,697 in May to $211,921 in June.

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