More states release positive numbers

Pennsylvania sportsbooks take $68M in Super Bowl bets, up 27% and doubling users in two years

2022-02-17
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Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Rhode Island and Oregon have joined the list of states reporting initial numbers for betting on Sunday's Super Bowl matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams, showing record growth as compared to the previous edition.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday reported that preliminary figures show $68.04 million was wagered on Super Bowl through retail and online sportsbooks. That was a 27% increase over wagers placed on the game last year. After payouts, revenue is expected to be $4.5 million.

This was the fourth year in which legal sports wagering was available in Pennsylvania for the Super Bowl, but just the third in which online wagering options were available. This year, patrons could choose to place Super Bowl wagers at 18 retail locations and through 14 online wagering sites.

The state regulator also reports that there were 413,000 unique users that logged onto online sports wagering sites in Pennsylvania on Super Bowl Sunday based on data it obtained from geolocation technology service GeoComply. Figures from last year’s Super Bowl Sunday were 320,000 unique visitors to Pennsylvania regulated sports wagering websites and 200,000 unique visitors the year before. These figures do not include patrons who were visiting and wagering at any of the retail sports wagering locations in the state.

In addition, Tennessee sportsbooks also reported their first numbers for the Big Game, for which they collected $23.1 million in bets, up from $15 million in 2021. Operators won $3.4 million on those bets for a 14.9% hold on the Super Bowl.

DraftKings, which has a partnership with the Oregon Lottery, the state’s exclusive sports betting operator, reported 250,000 bets on this year’s Super Bowl, 150,000 more than the lottery saw last year, according to the Oregonian.

In Rhode Island, the NFL final game prompted roughly 95,000 sports bets. The R.I. Department of Revenue (DOR) said Monday the amount of money wagered was up roughly 4.4% compared to last year. A spokesperson for the DOR said there were about 4,400 bets on the coin toss and roughly 3,700 bets on the first player to score a touchdown.

While the Rhode Island Lottery is expected to release dollar figures in its monthly report on Feb. 28, Rhode Islanders have bet upwards of $6 million on the Super Bowl in the past, WPRI reports.

For its part, Yahoo Daily Fantasy offered a variety of single game contests for the Big Game, including a $1M Daily Fantasy contest, resulting in platform growth of more than 150% year-over-year in paid Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) players, and +145% YoY in new DFS paid users.

As reported by Yogonet on Wednesday, Nevada led the ranking with $180 million in bets on Super Bowl, New Jersey came next with nearly $144 million in wagering handle, followed by Illinois' $60.5 million. Mississippi saw nearly $6.4 million, and Montana reported about $700,000. New York, which has already broken nationwide records with nearly $2 billion online handle in its first month, will report its Super Bowl betting numbers on Friday.

The American Gaming Association (AGA) had predicted that 31.4 million Americans would bet $7.61 billion on this year’s Super Bowl matchup, a 78% increase from last year, with more states offering legal sports betting.

GeoComply reported on Monday that it had identified more than 80.1 million transactions related to the Super Bowl over the weekend, well over double (2.26x) the number for the 2021 Super Bowl. And since Friday at midnight, approximately 5.6 million unique accounts accessed legal online sportsbooks, a 95% increase from last year.

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