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Delaware sports betting handle continues decline in May


Sports betting handle in Delaware fell again in May, but the amount spent on igaming during the month hit a year-high.

Consumers bet $2.8m betting on sports in May, down 45.1% from $5.1m in the same month in 2022 and also 17.7% behind $3.4m in April this year. This was also the lowest monthly total since August 2022.

Revenue from sport betting during the month amounted to $245,474. This was 50.5% down from $495,676 last year and 34.5% lower than $374,568 in April.

Delaware Park remained the market leader with $112,768 in revenue from $1.3m in bets. Bally’s Dover was next on $68,221 off $740,564, then Harrington Raceway with $33,500 from $377,031.

A further $30,986 was generated off $375,695 from betting with retailers.

Igaming spend grows

In contrast, the amount wagered on online gambling during the month hit a monthly high for the current calendar year.

The $44.2m spent was 38.6% up from $31.9m in May of last year and 11.9% higher than $39.5m in April this year.

Of this total, $26.6m was spent on video lottery games and $17.5m online table games.

Revenue from igaming hit $1.2m, up 9.1% year-on-year but 7.7% lower than in April. This comprised $976,880 in video lottery revenue, $216,554 worth of table games revenue and a further $38,318 in poker rake and fee.

Bally’s Dover claimed top spot with $457,240 in revenue from $10.6m in wagers. Delaware Park was second on $444,955, despite taking $20.7m in bets, then Harrington Raceway on $391,510 from $8.1m in wagers.

Delaware Park also took top spot in this market with $509,183 in revenue from $18.0m in bets. Bally’s Dover was second with $381,383 off $13.5m, then Harrington on $341,185 from $12.7m.