Sportsbooks reach $10 billion in wagers for the year, but New York looms large in 2022
(Las Vegas) — New Jersey’s online and retail sportsbooks attracted more than $1 billion in wagers for the fourth consecutive month and online casinos shattered their revenue record with $133 million in December, capping a remarkable year for both sportsbooks and online casinos. But New Jersey’s status as the largest online sports betting market in the U.S. may be in jeopardy with the launch of mobile sports betting in New York in January, according to PlayNJ, which tracks gaming developments in the state.
“It’s fitting that New Jersey’s sportsbooks ended the year on a near-record pace, but December could mark the last billion-dollar month in New Jersey for the foreseeable future,” said David Danzis, an analyst for PlayNJ.com. “The state’s sportsbooks have bucked expectations before, and the operators will make adjustments to ensure that New Jersey remains among the top markets in the U.S.”
New Jersey’s online and retail sportsbooks handled $1.23 billion in wagers in December, falling just short of the record $1.3 billion in betting reached in October, according to official reporting released Friday. Betting volume rose 23.4% from the $996.3 million generated in December 2020, and was nearly level with the $1.26 million bet in November.
Bettors fared far better than in November, too, when sportsbooks set a U.S. record by winning $114.8 million. Instead, sportsbooks won $59.0 million in gross revenue, which was down 11.1% from $66.4 million in December 2020. That revenue generated $8.9 million in state and local taxes.
Football drew $398.8 million in wagers, the largest share of any sport in December. But basketball did plenty of heavy lifting, too, with $384.4 million in wagers.
“A 17th game added to the NFL schedule and basketball’s continuing popularity helped keep action brisk throughout the month,” Danzis said. “With nearly $4 billion in wagers made, the last four months have been a fantastic finish to 2021.”
December ended a remarkable year in which New Jersey firmed its status as the nation’s largest sports betting market on a high note. For the year, New Jersey’s retail and online sportsbooks produced:
- $10.9 billion in online and retail wagers, the most of any U.S. state in 2021. Volume was up 81.8% from $6.0 billion in 2020.
- $9.5 billion in online wagers, up 79.9% from $5.5 billion in 2020
- $815.8 million in gross revenue, up 104.7% from $398.5 million in 2020.
- $986.8 million in retail wagers, up 99.1% from $486.7 million in 2020.
- $122.0 million in state and local taxes, up 104.7% from $59.6 million in 2020.
“2021 will be remembered as the year that New Jersey was the unrivaled leader of the U.S. market, even if that status proves to be short-lived,” said Eric Ramsey, an analyst for the PlayUSA.com Network, which includes PlayNJ.com. “New York will almost certainly assume the crown soon, while New Jersey will potentially slip behind Nevada and others in the coming year. Still, sports betting will remain a powerful revenue generator for the state.”
Online sportsbooks accounted for $1.1 billion in wagers, or 90.3% of the state’s handle in December. FanDuel/PointsBet/SuperBook topped the online market again with $27.6 million in gross revenue, down from $59.0 million in November.
Retail sportsbooks attracted $119.3 million in wagers, up from $114.0 million in November. Meadowlands/FanDuel topped the retail market with $2.4 million in revenue.
New Jersey’s online casinos and poker rooms closed 2021 with a record $133.2 million in revenue, topping the record $127.0 million generated in October. Revenue was up 25.3% from $99.5 million in December 2020.
New Jersey was once again the largest U.S. market for online casinos in 2021, becoming the first state to reach $1 billion in revenue just ahead of Pennsylvania. For the year, the Garden State generated:
- $1.4 billion in gross revenue from online casino games and poker rooms, up 40.9% from $970.3 million in 2020.
- $1.3 billion in revenue from online casino games alone, up 43.5% from $931.5 million in 2020.
- $239.2 million in state and local taxes, up 40.9% from $169.8 million in 2020.
“The expansion of online casino revenue was perhaps the best surprise of 2021,” Ramsey said. “Not only did operators hold onto the gains made in 2020, but they also managed to build on them. The market may be nearing its ceiling. But online casinos shouldn’t be impacted much by New York’s online sports betting product, which will only add to their importance for the state’s gaming industry in 2022.”
The revenue from online casinos and poker rooms yielded $23.3 million in state and local taxes.
Revenue rose to $4.3 million per day over the 31 days of December from $3.9 million in revenue per day in November.
Borgata led the market with $37.1 million in casino and poker revenue in December. Golden Nugget followed with $36.0 million, ahead of Resorts Atlantic City’s $32.9 million.
Online casino games produced $130.9 million in revenue, up 35.7% from $96.4 million in December 2020. Online poker generated the remaining $2.2 million in revenue, down 22.6% from $3.0 million in December 2020.
NJ sports betting revenue, December 2021
|Licensee||Online Brand(s)||Total Revenue||Online Revenue||Retail Revenue||State Tax||Local Tax|
|Meadowlands||FanDuel | PointsBet | SuperBook||$29,971,902||$27,605,295||$2,366,607||$3,789,885||$719,720|
|Resorts Atlantic City||DraftKings | Fox Bet | Resorts||$12,529,588||$12,392,149||$137,439||$1,622,661||$311,522|
|Borgata||BetMGM | Borgata||$6,925,159||$6,539,652||$385,507||$882,923||$168,310|
|Freehold||Barstool | PlayUp||$3,416,010||$3,248,394||$167,616||$439,164||$83,809|
|Tropicana Atlantic City||Caesars||$2,929,695||$2,997,677||-$67,982||$384,314||$74,150|
|Monmouth Park||Caesars | SugarHouse | theScore Bet||$1,185,717||$980,671||$205,046||$144,977||$27,089|
|Hard Rock Atlantic City||Hard Rock | bet365 | Unibet||$829,131||$857,609||-$28,478||$109,068||$21,084|
|Caesars Atlantic City||Caesars | 888 | Wynn||$444,681||$186,548||$258,133||$46,196||$7,891|
|Golden Nugget Atlantic City||Golden Nugget | BetAmerica | Betway||$352,841||$308,711||$44,130||$43,885||$8,270|
|Ocean||Caesars | Tipico||$280,591||$114,809||$165,782||$28,984||$4,938|
|Harrah's Atlantic City||N/A||$138,298||$0||$138,298||$11,775||$1,732|
|Bally's Atlantic City||N/A||$44,060||$0||$44,060||$3,745||$551|
For more information and analysis on regulated sports betting and online gaming, visit PlayNJ.com/news. Contact: Zack Hall, Catena Media, [email protected].
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