There were signs of a rebound in Iowa’s sports betting market last month as the number of bets placed more than quadrupled month-on-month.
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Though retail outlets remained closed due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, online betting activity increased significantly during May, with handle rising to $7.0m, up from just $1.6m in April.
Most of the funds bet were returned to punters in winnings, however, and sportsbooks in the state made GGR of just $0.5m last month, up from $0.2m the previous month.
The retail closure has seen those casinos without an online offering lose their entire market, with the FanDuel-powered Diamond Jo Casino in Worth the biggest faller.
Prior to Covid-19, the casino had a 17% share of the overall sports betting market.
On the other hand, those casinos with online offerings have gained market share during the pandemic.
The William Hill-powered Prairie Meadows saw its share of the overall market rise to 49.1% in May, taking the casino close to accounting for half of the state’s sports betting market by revenues.
Via its partnership with Isle Casino Hotel in Waterloo, William Hill picked up a further 15.6% share of the market last month, though this was slightly down from 17.6% in April.
Draft Kings-powered Wild Rose Jefferson took the next largest share of the market with 7.7%, a slight uptick from April’s 7.4%.
The dominance of the casinos with online offerings may be short-lived, however, with retail outlets reopening in the state throughout June.
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