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September 18, 2019

According to data released by the gaming authorities of both states

Sports bettors wager more in New Jersey than in Nevada for the first time

Sports bettors wager more in New Jersey than in Nevada for the first time
William Hill's sportsbook at Tropicana casino in Atlantic City.
United States | 06/28/2019

Gamblers wagered $318.9 million in May at New Jersey casinos and racetracks and via mobile apps, while the Nevada Gaming Control Board said the state’s total for the month was $317.5 million.

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ust a year after New Jersey was able to legalize sports betting as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court repeal of PASPA, the state’s operators passed a major milestone.

For the first time, sports bettors wagered more in New Jersey than in Nevada, which for decades was the lone, dominant state in the sports-betting landscape, Bloomberg reports.

The milestone continues a trend expected in the industry for a few months now. Not only does New Jersey have a lot more people than Nevada, but it benefits from customers coming from New York and Pennsylvania to wager remotely. The mobile options in New Jersey also feature better technology, which helps drive betting.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy had predicted these results a few weeks ago, in a speech delivered at  the East Coast Gaming Conference and NextGen Gaming Forum: "New Jersey — yes, New Jersey — can very soon and will very soon dethrone Nevada as the sports gaming capital of America," Murphy said.

The two states report their handles a little differently. New Jersey’s numbers include futures bets -- such as a wager for the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the World Series. The Nevada numbers don’t count those bets until they’re paid out.

Though the numbers will likely ebb and flow, the milestone shows just how big an industry sports betting can become across the U.S.

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