No Super Bowl in history, in terms of sports betting, ever performed like last year’s big game.
That had its yearlong time in the spotlight. Super Bowl LIII is poised to put it to shame.
Industry experts anticipate $325 million to be legally wagered across the country for the big game on Feb. 3. The Garden State expects to account for nearly a third, roughly $100 million, with its rising NJ sports betting industry.
Last year, Nevada sports betting took in $158.6 million in Super Bowl handle. Experts estimated an additional $4.6 billion went through illegal sportsbooks. Summed up: A pretty penny is about to come toward regulated sportsbooks.
Super Bowl in Nevada and beyond
But where can you go to put skin in the game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams for the Super Bowl in Atlanta?
Fear not. We’ve got you covered.
Without a doubt, New Jersey has the eyes of the American sports betting world upon it.
The Garden State has exploded since its June 2018 industry launch, resulting in more than $1.2 billion in handle through 2018.
With Hard Rock Atlantic City rolling out both its mobile sportsbook and brick-and-mortar facility, the total betting options in New Jersey reached double digits for online and retail offerings.
Among the 11 mobile products, the go-to options seem to be DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook. But there are plenty of other NJ sports betting apps as well.
As for brick-and-mortar, New Jersey features sportsbooks at two racetracks — Meadowlands Racetrack and Monmouth Park, the two state leaders in terms of revenue — in addition to eight more retail properties in Atlantic City.
The long wait for Pennsylvania launch came to an end in November with the opening of Hollywood Casino near Harrisburg. Since then, PA sports betting has welcomed Rush Street Interactive properties SugarHouse Casino (Philadelphia) and Rivers Casino (Pittsburgh) as well as Parx Casino in Philly.
Just recently, both South Philadelphia Turf Club and Harrah’s Philadelphia entered the fold, upping the state’s retail sportsbooks to six properties.
The state has yet to activate online sports betting. Doug Harbach, the spokesman for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, noted recently that mobile wagering would not be available in time for the Super Bowl. Likely, though, online sports betting could arrive shortly thereafter.
Like Mississippi, West Virginia sports betting activated in August, on the second-to-last day, as Hollywood Casino at Charles Town accepted the state’s first legal wagers.
Four other casinos have since launched in the state.
- Mountaineer Casino in New Cumberland
- The Greenbrier
- Mardi Gras Casino
- Wheeling Island
In December, West Virginia’s first online sports betting platform launched. Delaware North, which operates the latter two properties, rolled out mobile wagering via BetLucky.com.
In the near future, though likely not in time for the Super Bowl, both DraftKings and FanDuel should introduce online sportsbooks.
The granddaddy of them all, Nevada remains the target for all other state-regulated industries.
Nearly every casino in the Silver State houses a sportsbook. Pop your head in anywhere, essentially.
Among the gold standard spots is Westgate, which boasts the world’s largest sportsbook, but places like Caesars Palace, Wynn Las Vegas and for locals, Station Casinos are also viable options.
Online sports betting enters its ninth year in Nevada. Interestingly, in that time, the state still features fewer mobile sportsbooks (eight) than New Jersey. Nevada does feature offerings from global bookmaking power William Hill along with the likes of MGM and CG Technology.
The first regulated industry outside of Nevada to accept wagers, Delaware sports betting launched in June 2018.
Since activating, the state lottery-run industry has collected $8.9 million in revenue.
Currently, three casinos in the state offer retail sportsbooks.
- Delaware Park Casino
- Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
- Harrington Raceway & Casino
These stand as bettors’ lone wagering options, as Delaware has yet to roll out online sports betting, though it is legal.
One of the longest-running industries since PASPA was repealed, Mississippi sports betting went live in August.
Despite not offering mobile wagering (for now; more on that in a bit), the Magnolia State allows sports betting at water- and land-based casinos.
Beau Rivage (Biloxi) and Gold Strike (Tunica) became the first casinos in the state to accept wagers. Since then, another 21 properties integrated sports betting.
As for online offerings, state regulations restrict mobile wagering to on-site at casinos. One property has taken advantage, as Pearl River Resort has plans to activate a platform. Although, no timeline has been divulged.
A new bill introduced at the state legislature, however, would allow for mobile wagering in the near future.
The Gaming Control Act would allow for “a person or entity that operates a sports pool or race book over the internet … on behalf of the holder of a gaming license” to offer sports betting.
Arguably the biggest surprise of 2018, New Mexico debuted its sports betting industry in October.
Why? No legislation ever surfaced regarding regulated wagering. Still, Santa Ana Star, just outside of Albuquerque, was able to open its betting windows this past fall.
Thanks to a tribal compact that does not mention sports betting among its prohibited Class III games and state law not expressly banning wagering, Santa Ana Star got off the ground.
It also stands as the lone sportsbook in the state, however, and neither mobile wagering nor expansion to other casinos have been discussed.
The country’s most-recent, state-regulated industry, Rhode Island sports betting is operating in its second full month of operations.
While Rhode Island stands as New Englanders lone betting option (for the time being), patrons’ choices remain limited in the state.
Also overseen by the state lottery, Rhode Island wagering is held at the state’s two casinos.
- Twin River Casino (Lincoln)
- Twin River Tiverton Casino
For now, Rhode Island does not offer online sports betting. That said, President of the Senate Dominick Ruggerio recently indicated that he was submitting legislation to offer mobile wagering through the Twin River properties. While an exact timeline has not been targeted, it is anticipated online sports betting would launch before the year runs out.
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