How Much Do Americans Bet on Sports? Read a Comprehensive Report

06 / 07 / 2021 By Mark Saldana

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If you’re a sports bettor, chances are that you’d like to know just how much Americans really bet on sports. 

However, this information isn’t readily available without going down a rabbit hole of online searches, reports, and data charts. 

To make things easy, we’ve compiled a comprehensive report on sports betting by state, along with other interesting information that accurately paints a picture of how much Americans spend on sports bets.

How Big Is the US Sports Betting Market?

Once only legally considered a pastime in Nevada, sports betting has become a popular hobby throughout the country as more and more states are legalizing sports betting. 

In 2018, the Supreme Court overturned PASPA (Professional and Ameteur Sports Protection Act), which lifted the ban on other states besides Nevada from being able to establish their own sports wagering industries. 

As of 2021, 19 states, along with Washington DC, currently have legalized sports betting.

In 2020… 

  • Washington
  • South Dakota
  • Louisiana
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
  • And Maryland

… All passed bills to legalize sports betting.

All remaining states have introduced bills to legalize sports betting except for Wisconsin, Idaho, and Utah.

How Many Americans Bet on Sports?

In a 2021 survey, 74% of Americans identified as sports fans. However, all sports fans do not place bets.

What we do know is that decades of surveys on sports gambling behavior show that sports betting is a common form of betting. 

For example, a national survey of 2,630 adults reported that 20% of participants had bet on sports within 12 months.

When it comes to determining the exact amount of Americans that bet on sports, these studies are far from perfect. But they do help paint a picture in regards to sports betting behaviors in the United States.

How Much Money Is Bet on Sports Per Year?

As more revenue reports are released over time as sports betting in the US continues, the easier it becomes to accurately analyze the true scope of the US sports betting market.

As of now, gambling industry analysts estimate that the annual betting handle (the amount of money in wagers accepted) is somewhere between $200 and $400 billion.

How Much Money Do Americans Bet on Off-Shore Sportsbooks Per Year?

According to the American Gaming Organization, 52% of Americans participate in off-shore sports betting.

Since only data for domestic and land-based sports betting that falls under US jurisdiction is tracked and tabulated, there’s no definitive answer to this question. 

How Much Do Americans Bet on Sports: Sports Betting By State

Let’s take an in-depth look at the status and amount of money spent on sports betting by state. For data on state revenue, click here.

Alabama

There is currently no data available for this state.

Sports betting in Alabama is currently under consideration by legislation after a bill was introduced in March 2020.

Alaska

There is currently no data available for this state.

In early 2020, The Alaska Lottery Corporation Act was introduced in attempts to legalize forms of gambling, including sports betting. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alaska state legislature ended their session early and the bill expired in May 2020.

Arizona

There is currently no data available for this state.

In April 2021, Arizona passed an online sports betting bill that will allow state-wide mobile sports wagering and in-stadium sportsbooks. This bill is awaiting further action/approval from regulators before sports betting is fully launched in the state.

Arkansas

Since the beginning of its legality, sports bettors have spent $111,628,918 on sports wagers in Arkansas. Let’s take a look at the yearly data below.

2021

Year-to-date, sports bettors in Arkansas have spent $11,656,636 on sports bets. Below, you can view the monthly amount spent on sports bets in 2021.

Arkansas Handle
Feb 2021 $4,469,442
Jan 2021 $7,187,194

2020

In 2020, sports bettors in Arkansas spent a collective amount of $20,179,113 on sports bets. Check out the table below to view the monthly amount spent on sports bets in 2020.

Arkansas Handle
Dec 2020 $6,415,446
Nov 2020 $6,288,249
Oct 2020 $6,559,859
Sep 2020 $3,958,748
Aug 2020 $1,008,992
Jul 2020 $179,315
Jun 2020 $1,189
May 2020 $509
April 2020 $0
Mar 2020 $1,588,403
Feb 2020 $4,294,366
Jan 2020 $2,587,732

2019

In 2019, sports bettors in Arkansas spent $11,275,015 on sports wagering. Below, you can view the monthly amount bettors spent on sports bets in 2019.

Arkansas Handle
Dec 2019 $2,633,806
Nov 2019 $2,978,235
Oct 2019 $2,216,369
Sep 2019 $2,252,196
Aug 2019 $778,249
Jul 2019 $416,160

Since PASPA Repeal

Since the PASPA repeal in 2018, Arkansas sports bettors have spent $55,814,459 on sports betting. 

Arkansas Handle
Since PASPA Repeal $55,814,459
Year-To-Date $11,656,636

How Does the Most Recent Year Compare to Historical Betting?

The amount of money spent on sports betting in Arkansas in 2021 is expected to sky-rocket. In the first two months of 2021, Arkansas’s sports bettors have spent more than half of the amount spent in 2020.

California

There is currently no data available for this state.

The future of sports betting in California may be restricted to tribal casinos, as California tribes are close to finalizing a 2022 ballot measure that would legalize sportsbooks on tribal grounds.

Sports wagering in tribal casinos could be launched as early as 2023, but mobile sports betting would not be permitted.

Colorado

The sports betting industry is booming in Colorado. In September 2020, Colorado joined Nevada, Indiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania in accumulating over $200,000,000 in betting handle in one month.

2020

In 2020, Colorado accepted its first mobile and retail sports wagers. Colorado sports bettors spent a total of $1,185,754,618 on sports betting. Below is a month-to-month breakdown of this total.

Colorado Handle
Dec 2020 $284,551,472
Nov 2020 $231,238,842
Oct 2020 $210,719,821
Sep 2020 $207,655,943
Aug 2020 $128,646,209
Jul 2020 $59,183,620
Jun 2020 $38,136,949
May 2020 $25,621,762

Since PASPA Repeal

Since the PASPA repeal in 2018, Colorado sports bettors have spent $1,185,754,618 on sports betting.

Colorado Handle
Since PASPA Repeal $1,185,754,618
Year-To-Date $0

How Does the Most Recent Year Compare to Historical Betting?

The monthly handles for bets placed in Colorado are not yet available. However, by comparing the month-over-month increase in money spent on sports wagers in Colorado in 2020, we can assume that the numbers will only continue to increase.

Connecticut

There is currently no data available for this state.

Sports betting in Connecticut is currently under review of legislation. Since the Supreme Court overturned PASPA, lawmakers have supported legalizing sports betting, but have not been able to work out a deal that appeases all of Connecticut’s powerful gaming interests.

Delaware

Since Delaware legalized sports betting in 2018, sports bettors have spent $15,649,254 on sports wagers in the state. Let’s take a look at some of the yearly data below.

2021

In January of 2021, sports bettors spent $15,649,254 placing sports bets within the state.

Delaware Handle
Jan 2021 $15,649,254

2020

In 2020, sports bettors in Delaware spent $72,239,150 on sports bets. Below, you can see the historical month-to-month data.

Delaware Handle
Dec 2020 $15,696,681
Nov 2020 $19,510,093
Oct 2020 $17,086,034
Sep 2020 $12,439,302
Aug 2020 $2,957,634
Jul 2020 $209,282
Jun 2020 $0
May 2020 $0
April 2020 $0
Mar 2020 $3,877,068
Feb 2020 $7,031,079
Jan 2020 $9,128,658

2019

In the year 2019, Delaware sports bettors spent $89,355,374 on sports bets. Below, you can view the month-to-month data.

Delaware Handle
Dec 2019 $13,283,636
Nov 2019 $10,308,159
Oct 2019 $9,621,404
Sep 2019 $11,839,818
Aug 2019 $4,419,488
Jul 2019 $3,920,974
Jun 2019 $6,325,464
May 2019 $5,920,766
April 2019 $6,088,183
Mar 2019 $10,483,128
Feb 2019 $8,487,867
Jan 2019 $11,940,123

2018

Within the first year of legality, sports bettors spent $86,981,107 on sports betting. Check out the historical month-to-month data below.

Delaware Handle
Dec 2018 $16,079,670
Nov 2018 $16,392,863
Oct 2018 $14,738,223
Sep 2018 $16,830,010
Aug 2018 $7,721,851
Jul 2018 $8,214,765
Jun 2018 $7,003,725

Since PASPA Repeal

Since the PASPA repeal and legalization of sports betting in Delaware, sports bettors have spent $293,205,202 on sports betting.

Delaware Handle
Since PASPA Repeal $293,205,202
Year-To-Date $15,649,254

How Does the Most Recent Year Compare to Historical Betting?

With only one month of data for 2021, it’s too soon to tell how sports bettors’ spending will compare from years past. However, with the Coronavirus pandemic easing up, gambling analysts are hopeful that the amount of money spent on sports betting will increase.

Florida

There is currently no data available for this state.

Florida politicians have long favored legalizing sports betting in the state, but have faced a host of stumbling blocks that have defeated legislature efforts. 

Georgia

There is currently no data available for this state.

The legality of sports betting in Georgia is currently under consideration by legislation, with the majority of voters in favor of legalizing sports betting.

Legality is expected to be a large hurdle, as the state currently does not allow gambling of any kind.

Hawaii

There is currently no data available for this state.

Like Georgia, Hawaii does not have legalization for any type of gambling. 

However, Hawaii may be making some headway in legalizing sports betting. SB 595 proposes the creation of a sports gambling task force, which would examine the economic feasibility of legalizing sports bets in Hawaii during the sessions of 2022 and 2023.

Idaho

There is currently no data available for this state.

Idaho is one of the few states with little political appetite for sports betting or any type of gambling, except for horse racing. There is currently no legislation in progress to legalize sports betting in the state of Idaho.

Illinois

Illinois launched retail sports betting in March 2020 and online mobile sports betting in June 2020. Let’s take a look at some of the data on how much Illinois residents spend on sports betting below.

2021

There is no current data for how much sports bettors in Illinois have spent on sports betting in 2021 at this time.

2020

In 2020, sports bettors in Illinois spent a total of $941,403,906 on sports bets. The table below shows the monthly amount of money spent on sports betting in 2020.

Illinois Handle
Oct 2020 $434,310,957
Sep 2020 $305,222,938
Aug 2020 $140,065,649
Jul 2020 $52,524,820
Jun 2020 $8,281,803
May 2020 $0
April 2020 $0
Mar 2020 $997,739

Since PASPA Repeal

Since sports betting was legalized in Illinois in 2020, sports bettors have spent $941.403.906 on sports wagers.

Illinois Handle
Since PASPA Repeal $941,403,906
Year-To-Date $0

How Does the Most Recent Year Compare to Historical Betting?

Currently, there is no 2021 data available to compare.

Indiana

Sports betting in Indiana was officially launched in September 2019. Let’s take a look at how much sports bettors have spent on sports betting in Indiana below.

2021

There is no current data for how much sports bettors in Indiana have spent on sports betting in 2021 at this time.

2020

In 2020, sports bettors in Indiana spent $1,455,982,046 in sports betting. Below, you can view the monthly data on how much sports bettors spent on placing bets each month.

Indiana Handle
Dec 2020 $313,112,474
Nov 2020 $251,403,994
Oct 2020 $230,932,251
Sep 2020 $207,450,106
Aug 2020 $169,018,238
Jul 2020 $70,876,622
Jun 2020 $29,783,580
May 2020 $37,394,940
April 2020 $26,304,128
Mar 2020 $74,818,801
Feb 2020 $187,186,223
Jan 2020 $170,813,163

2019

Within the first year of legalization, sports bettors spent $435,998,649 placing sports bets. Check out the monthly data below.

Indiana Indiana
Dec 2019 $161,808,925
Nov 2019 $147,276,915
Oct 2019 $91,697,393
Sep 2019 $35,215,416

Since PASPA Repeal

Since the legalization of sports betting within the state of Indiana, sports bettors have spent a total of $2,205,093,169 in sports bets.

Indiana Handle
Since PASPA Repeal $2,205,093,169
Year-To-Date $0

How Does the Most Recent Year Compare to Historical Betting?

Currently, there is no 2021 data available to compare to Indiana’s historical betting.

Iowa

Since August 2019, Iowa has accepted sports bets. Let’s take a look at the historical data for the state’s handle below.

2020

In 2020, Iowa sports bettors spent a total of $575,209,746 on sports bets. In the table below, you can view the amount sports bettors spent on sports wagers each month.

Iowa Handle
Dec 2020 $104,815,630
Nov 2020 $87,169,919
Oct 2020 $81,902,416
Sep 2020 $72,397,241
Aug 2020 $50,313,674
Jul 2020 $22,859,622
Jun 2020 $12,711,201
May 2020 $6,976,637
Apr 2020 $1,568,497
Mar 2020 $19,546,985
Feb 2020 $56,920,783
Jan 2020 $58,027,141

2019

In 2019, sports fans in Iowa spent $212,295,220 in sports bets. View the table below to see how much Iowa sports bettors spent on sports betting each month.

Iowa Handle
Dec 2019 $59,344,805
Nov 2019 $59,344,805
Oct 2019 $46,500,443
Sep 2019 $38,528,921
Aug 2019 $8,576,246

Since PASPA Repeal

Since the legalization of sports betting in Iowa, sports bettors have spent $787,418,999 on sports bets.

Iowa Handle
Since PASPA Repeal $787,418,999
Year-To-Date $0

How Does the Most Recent Year Compare to Historical Betting?

Currently, there is no 2021 data available to compare to Iowa’s historical betting.

Kansas

There is currently no data available for this state.

Bills to legalize sports betting were introduced in 2020, but due to an early-ended session as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the proposals expired. 

Lawmakers will have to introduce a new bill in 2021 and resolve regulatory issues before sports betting can be legalized within the state.

Kentucky

There is currently no data available for this state.

A bill was proposed to legalize sports betting in 2020, but was shot down due to the deep anti-gambling sentiment in the state. 

Politicians are gearing up to propose another bill in 2021, which will need a 60% vote to pass, as Kentucky requires all bills to meet this requirement in odd years.

Louisiana

There is currently no data available for this state.

Voter’s within 55 of the 64 parishes in the state supported the legalization of sports betting, including all of those surrounding Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Lafayette.

Sports betting is expected to launch in 2021 or 2022 as lawmakers still need to establish key regulatory details. 

Louisiana is the first state to approve sports betting at a county or parish level.

Maine

There is currently no data available for this state.

An online sports betting bill was vetoed in 2020 by Maine’s governor, who felt the proposal lacked protection for problem gambling. 

The veto was challenged, but the override fell a few votes too short. Another bill is expected to be introduced in 2021.

Maryland

There is currently no data available for this state.

Amid the 2020 election, Maryland legalized sports betting. In 2021, legislation was finalized for 60 online options and 30 retail options.

Before sports betting can be officially launched in the state of Maryland, regulators must still establish rules, including which retail establishments will get licensing and how mobile betting will play out.

Massachusetts

There is currently no data available for this state.

Legalized sports betting is expected to occur in Massachusetts in approximately two years.

Though sports betting is backed by elected officials from both Republican and Democratic parties, a consensus has not been reached on key issues like whether sports betting should include wagers for college sports teams.

Michigan

There is currently no data available for this state.

In 2019, Michigan legalized sports betting and launched land-based operations in 2020. Despite having to shut down due to COVID-19 restrictions in the spring of 2020, sports bettors in Michigan still managed to place $130.8 million in sports bets.

Minnesota

There is currently no data available for this state.

Although legalizing sports betting has been considered in recent years, the state could not come to resolutions on how sports betting would work and which entities would be licensed. 

In January 2021, a bill was proposed to legalize retail sports betting within the first year, followed by mobile sports betting with in-person registration after the first year.

Mississippi

In-person mobile betting was launched in Mississippi in August 2018. Let’s take a look at the yearly amounts Mississippi sports bettors spend on sports betting.

2021

In 2021, Mississippi sports bettors spent $115,515,202 placing sports wagers. The table below shows the currently available data for the amount spent in February and January of 2021.

Mississippi Handle
Feb 2021 $47,807,574
Jan 2021 $67,707,628

2020

In 2020, sports bettors spent a total of $363,775,649 in sports bets. Take a look at the monthly data in the table below.

Mississippi Handle
Dec 2020 $55,298,807
Nov 2020 $54,443,370
Oct 2020 $61,192,425
Sep 2020 $52,220,289
Aug 2020 $40,489,135
Jul 2020 $7,916,665
Jun 2020 $1,575,859
May 2020 $236,503
April 2020 $0
Mar 2020 $10,749,403
Feb 2020 $34,462,822
Jan 2020 $45,190,371

2019

In 2019, sports bettors in Mississippi spent $369,173,563 in placing sports bets. Below is a breakdown of the amount spent on sports bets monthly in Mississippi.

Mississippi Handle
Dec 2019 $49,076,413
Nov 2019 $56,369,036
Oct 2019 $48,019,481
Sep 2019 $37,870,989
Aug 2019 $19,876,370
Jul 2019 $13,383,383
Jun 2019 $15,190,666
May 2019 $17,438,291
April 2019 $19,188,763
Mar 2019 $32,421,264
Feb 2019 $25,148,134
Jan 2019 $35,190,773

2018

In the first year of legalization for in-person mobile betting, Mississippi sports bettors spent a total of $157,139,660 in sports bets. Check out the monthly data in the table below.

Mississippi Handle
Dec 2018 $41,762,048
Nov 2018 $44,499,883
Oct 2018 $32,837,333
Sep 2018 $31,770,269
Aug 2018 $6,270,127

Since PASPA Repeal

Since the legalization of sports betting in Mississippi, sports bettors have spent $1,005,604,074 on sports wagering.

Mississippi Handle
Since PASPA Repeal $1,005,604,074
Year-To-Date $115,515,202

How Does the Most Recent Year Compare to Historical Betting?

Based on the data, the amount of money sports bettors place on sports bets is on track to increase in 2021. In the first two months of 2021, sports bettors have almost spent a third of the total amount spent in 2020. 

Missouri

There is currently no data available for this state.

The potential legalization of sports betting in Missouri is another victim of the Coronavirus pandemic. In 2020, multiple bills were proposed to legalize sports betting in the state, but they were effectively dropped when the session ended early due to the pandemic.

Currently, there are three bills under consideration by the legislature for the legalization of sports betting in Missouri.

Montana

There is currently no data available for this state.

In March 2020, Montana officially started allowing sports bets to be placed on a mobile sports betting app run by the same company that runs the state lottery. This government-run monopoly only works in licensed gaming properties and prevents other sportsbooks from competing in the market.

Nebraska

There is currently no data available for this state.

A proposal to legalize sports betting is currently under consideration by legislation. If passed, brick and mortar facilities could start launching sports betting as early as 2021 or 2022.

Nevada

Nevada, the mecca of sports betting, was the first state to legalize sports betting. Let’s take a look at the yearly and month-to-month data showing how much Nevada sports bettors spend on sports wagering.

2021

Year-to-date, Nevada sports bettors have spent an enormous amount of money on sports betting, totaling $1,701,670,854. Below you can see the monthly data for February and January 2021.

Nevada Handle
Feb 2021 $742,953,328
Jan 2021 $958,717,526

2020

In 2020, sports bettors in Nevada have spent $3,315,669,413 on sports betting. In the chart below, you can see the month-to-month data for money spent by Nevada sports bettors.

Nevada Handle
Dec 2020 $996,300,794
Nov 2020 $609,376,849
Oct 2020 $659,899,331
Sep 2020 $575,144,025
Aug 2020 $474,948,414
Jul 2020 $165,552,030
Jun 2020 $78,152,387
Mar 2020 $141,108,201
Feb 2020 $491,593,677
Jan 2020 502,233,930

2019

In 2019, sports bettors in Nevada spent $5.319.032,956 on sports wagers. Check out the monthly data on how much Nevada sports bettors spend each month.

Nevada Handle
Dec 2019 $571,179,245
Nov 2019 $614,118,812
Oct 2019 $543,552,781
Sep 2019 $546,358,867
Aug 2019 $287,757,296
Jul 2019 $235,659,955
Jun 2019 $322,077,670
May 2019 $317,380,282
April 2019 $328,121,212
Mar 2019 $596,752,294
Feb 2019 $458,591,549
Jan 2019 $497,482,993

2018

Nevada sports bettors spent $3,021,343,532 in the year 2018. In the table below, you can view the monthly data on how much Nevada sports bettors spend each month.

Nevada Handle
Dec 2018 $561,859,873
Nov 2018 $581,070,664
Oct 2018 $528,568,873
Sep 2018 $571,034,483
Aug 2018 $247,622,790
Jul 2018 $244,638,554
Jun 2018 $286,548,295

Since PASPA Repeal

Since the PASPA repeal, sports bettors have spent $14,736,356,980 on sports betting.

Nevada Handle
Since PASPA Repeal $14,736,356,980
Year-To-Date $1,701,670,854

How Does the Most Recent Year Compare to Historical Betting?

In the first two months of 2021, Nevada sports bettors have spent more than a third of the yearly total for 2020. It is expected that 2021 may have the highest handle in Nevada’s history.

New Hampshire

There is currently no data available for this state.

In July 2019, New Hampshire legalized sports betting. Despite DraftKings being the only state-licensed sports betting operator in the state, New Hampshire’s handle sits at over $293 million.

New Jersey

New Jersey, the state that was responsible for the PASPA repeal, is a giant in the sports betting industry. Let’s take a look at some of the yearly and monthly data on how much New Jersey sports bettors spend.

2021

In 2021, New Jersey sports bettors spent a total of $1,701,670,854 on sports betting.

New Jersey Revenue
Feb 2021 $742,953,328
Jan 2021 $958,717,526

2020

In 2020, sports bettors in New Jersey spent $6,016,968,399 in sports wagers. Check out the monthly data in the table below. 

New Jersey Handle
Dec 2020 $996,300,794
Nov 2020 $931,620,415
Oct 2020 $803,096,172
Sep 2020 $748,588,349
Aug 2020 $667,979,150
Jul 2020 $315,118,805
Jun 2020 $165,014,553
May 2020 $117,821,281
April 2020 $54,593,092
Mar 2020 $181,908,529
Feb 2020 $494,813,807
Jan 2020 $540,113,452

2019

In 2019, sports bettors in New Jersey spent a total of $4,582,898,150 on sports bets. In the table below, you can see the amount sports bettors spent every month in 2019.

New Jersey Handle
Dec 2019 $557,786,161
Nov 2019 $562,675,543
Oct 2019 $487,924,504
Sep 2019 $445,563,503
Aug 2019 $293,594,862
Jul 2019 $251,371,272
Jun 2019 $273,222,975
May 2019 $318,940,677
April 2019 $313,719,562
Mar 2019 $372,451,342
Feb 2019 $320,368,087
Jan 2019 $385,279,662

2018

In the first year of legalization, sports bettors spent $1, 247,307,720 on sports bets in New Jersey, from June to December.

New Jersey Handle
Dec 2018 $319,173,548
Nov 2018 $330,748,563
Oct 2018 $260,711,301
Sep 2018 $183,948,404
Aug 2018 $95,634,048
Jul 2018 $40,682,237
Jun 2018 $16,409,619

Since PASPA Repeal

Since the PASPA repeal, New Jersey sports bettors have dropped some serious cash on sports betting, with a total of $13,548,845,123.

New Jersey Handle
Since PASPA Repeal $13,548,845,123
Year-To-Date $1,701,670,854

How Does the Most Recent Year Compare to Historical Betting?

The small amount of data from 2021 is not enough to paint an accurate picture yet, but if sports bettors follow the trend of yearly handle increases, 2021 should produce the largest handle for the state of New Jersey yet.

New Mexico

There is currently no data available for this state.

While there is no legalization for sports betting in New Mexico, tribal casinos are able to offer sports betting due to state-existing tribal compacts. Only a handful of tribal casinos offer retail sports betting, as online sports betting will require state congressional action. 

Since the revenue and handle of tribal casinos are not required to be released to the public, there is no available data for how much state residents spend on sports betting.

New York

Currently, it is only legal to bet at physical sportsbooks in New York, which has resulted in New York bettors crossing the border into New Jersey to place sports bets. Let’s take a look at the data on how much sports bettors spend in New York on sports wagers.

2021

There is no current data for how much sports bettors in New York have spent on sports betting in 2021 at this time.

2020

In 2020, New York sports bettors spent just $5,890,289. In February 2020, sportsbooks in New York experienced a loss as sports bettors could not visit the physical locations due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

New York Handle
Oct 2020 $2,623,464
Sep 2020 $1,403,543
Mar 2020 $99,514
Feb 2020 $-179,593
Jan 2020 $1,943,361

2019

In New York’s first year of sports betting legalization, sports bettors spent $7,783,426 on sports bets. 

New York Handle
Dec 2019 $780,418
Nov 2019 $1,308,296
Oct 2019 $2,233,227
Sep 2019 $2,283,865
Aug 2019 $828,152
Jul 2019 $349,468

Since PASPA Repeal

In 2020 and 2019 collectively, sports bettors spent $13,673,715 on sports bets.

New York Handle
Since PASPA Repeal $13,673,715
Year-To-Date $0

How Does the Most Recent Year Compare to Historical Betting?

While there is no current sports betting data available for 2021, we can assume that the amount of money that sports bettors spend in 2022 will increase due to the pending launch of mobile sports betting in New York.

North Carolina

There is currently no data available for this state.

Sports betting was legalized for two tribal casinos in the western portion of the state in July 2019. Sports betting at these casinos fully launched in 2021. Since tribal casinos aren’t required to release their handle and revenue to the public, there is no public data on how much Americans in North Carolina spend on sports betting.

The state is expected to consider the legalization of mobile sports betting in 2021.

North Dakota

There is currently no data available for this state.

As of now, there is no political movement for legalizing sports betting in North Dakota. However, tribal states are considering launching retail sports betting, arguing that they are legally able to do so under state-tribal compacts.

This would make North Dakota one of the rare states, like New Mexico, that can place sports bets without an act of legislature.

In 2021, sports betting legalization fell short by a few votes, but backed politicians are hopeful for success in 2022, especially if tribal casinos begin offering sports betting.

Ohio

There is currently no data available for this state.

With many of its midwestern neighbors legalizing sports bets, Ohio may be hopping on the bandwagon.

With bipartisan support in the legislative and executive branches, a bill legalizing sports betting in 2021 is expected to pass.

Oklahoma

There is currently no data available for this state.

Oklahoma is dominated by Native American entities who seem inclined to disagree with sports betting until other key issues are resolved with the state. In 2020, two tribal casinos struck deals for sports betting but were later invalidated due to conflict between gaming interests and the state government.

Oregon

Oregon launched sports betting in October of 2019. Since then, sports bettors have spent $263,518,470 on sports bets. Let’s take a look at some of the yearly and monthly data available.

2021

There is no current data for how much sports bettors in Oregon have spent on sports betting in 2021 at this time.

2020

In 2020, sports fans in Oregon spent a total of $218,246,357 on sports betting. In the table below, you can view the amount of money that sports bettors spent on wagering sports each month.

Oregon Handle
Dec 2020 $26,987,303
Nov 2020 $25,039,884
Oct 2020 $29,455,228
Sep 2020 $26,174,303
Aug 2020 $25,845,403
Jul 2020 $14,042,425
Jun 2020 $7,921,864
May 2020 $7,290,190
April 2020 $4,430,648
Mar 2020 $9,007,680
Feb 2020 $20,899,825
Jan 2020 $21,151,604

2019

In just the three months that sports betting was legalized in Oregon in 2019, sports bettors spent $45,272,113 on sports betting.

Oregon Handle
Dec 2019 $22,551,453
Nov 2019 $17,115,416
Oct 2019 $5,605,244

Since PASPA Repeal

Since the launch of sports betting in Oregon, sports bettors have spent a collective total of $263,518,470 on placing sports bets.

Oregon Handle
Since PASPA Repeal $263,518,470
Year-To-Date $0

How Does the Most Recent Year Compare to Historical Betting?

While there is no 2021 data to compare, we can assume that sports bettors will follow the trend of spending more on sports bets with each passing year that sports betting remains legal in the state.

Pennsylvania

Both retail and mobile sports betting are legal in Pennsylvania. Let’s take a look at the data on how much Pennsylvania sports bettors spend on sports wagering.

2021

Within the first two months of 2021, sports bettors in Pennsylvania spent $1,124,842,647. 

Pennsylvania Handle
Feb 2021 $509,547,820
Jan 2021 $615,294,827

2020

In 2020, sports bettors spent $3,578,249,477 on sports bets in Pennsylvania. The table below shows the month-to-month data of money spent on sports bets.

Pennsylvania Handle
Dec 2020 $548,590,065
Nov 2020 $491,910,713
Oct 2020 $525,802,524
Sep 2020 $462,787,392
Aug 2020 $364,985,422
Jul 2020 $164,782,229
Jun 2020 $89,000,563
May 2020 $74,810,033
April 2020 $46,102,988
Mar 2020 $131,330,059
Feb 2020 $329,765,782
Jan 2020 $348,381,707

2019

In 2019, mobile sports betting was launched in Pennsylvania, motivating sports bettors to spend a total of $1,490,167,113 on sports bets.

Pennsylvania Handle
Dec 2019 $342,560,390
Nov 2019 $316,468,265
Oct 2019 $241,186,065
Sep 2019 $194,504,622
Aug 2019 $109,038,051
Jul 2019 $59,331,959
Jun 2019 $46,334,245
May 2019 $35,934,215
April 2019 $36,769,146
Mar 2019 $44,527,574
Feb 2019 $31,500,743
Jan 2019 $32,011,838

2018

At the end of 2018, sports betting at physical locations was launched, resulting in sports bettors spending $17,587,676 in sports betting.

Pennsylvania Handle
Dec 2018 $16,173,089
Nov 2018 $1,414,587

Since PASPA Repeal

Since the legalization of sports betting in Pennsylvania, sports bettors have spent approximately $6,210,846,913 on sports betting.

Pennsylvania Handle
Since PASPA Repeal $6,210,846,913
Year-To-Date $1,124,842,647

How Does the Most Recent Year Compare to Historical Betting?

In the span of two months, sports bettors have already spent a third of the entire total of money spent for 2020 in 2021. It is expected that 2021 will produce the largest handle for the state yet.

Rhode Island

Since its legalization in 2018, Rhode Island only has one legal retail and online sportsbook in the state. Let’s take a look at how much sports bettors spend on sports betting in the state of Rhode Island.

2021

In 2021, sports bettors in Rhode Island spent $73,927,431 on sports bets.

Rhode Island Handle
Feb 2021 $34,110,104
Jan 2021 $39,817,327

2020

In 2020, sports bettors in Rhode Island spent a total of $222,014,009. Refer to the table below to view the monthly spending of sports bettors in 2020.

Rhode Island Handle
Dec 2020 $22,770,472
Nov 2020 $35,098,445
Oct 2020 $34,704,413
Sep 2020 $31,293,150
Aug 2020 $23,116,965
Jul 2020 $6,738,626
Jun 2020 $2,100,736
May 2020 $1,533,114
April 2020 $591,377
Mar 202 $8,949,157
Feb 2020 $28,177,862
Jan 2020 $26,939,692

2019

In 2019, Rhode Island sports bettors spent $245,811,495 on sports bets. You can view the month-to-month data in the table below.

Rhode Island Handle
Dec 2019 $31,670,511
Nov 2019 $31,465,062
Oct 2019 $28,281,024
Sep 2019 $22,195,789
Aug 2019 $10,060,066
Jul 2019 $8,321,947
Jun 2019 $14,736,667
May 2019 $18,900,152
April 2019 $16,859,818
Mar 2019 $23,582,716
Feb 2019 $20,686,618
Jan 2019 $19,051,125

2018

In the first year of sports betting legalization in Rhode Island, sports bettors spent $13,770,713 on sports betting.

Rhode Island Handle
Dec 2018 $13,087,999
Nov 2018 $682,714

Since PASPA Repeal

Since the legalization of sports betting in Rhode Island, sports bettors within the state have spent a total of $555,523,648.

Rhode Island Handle
Since PASPA Repeal $555,523,648
Year-To-Date $73,927,431

How Does the Most Recent Year Compare to Historical Betting?

Within the first two months of 2020, Rhode Island sports bettors have already spent a third of the entire year’s total spending of 2020. We can safely assume that 2021 will bring in the highest amount of money spent on sports betting yet.

South Carolina

There is currently no data available for this state.

Several bills have been introduced in South Carolina to legalize sports betting, but to no avail due to the deep gambling opposition from South Carolina’s leading political figures.

South Dakota

There is currently no data available for this state.

In 2020, South Dakota legalized retail-only sports betting for Deadwood casinos and specific tribal gaming facilities.

Per the state constitution, sports wagering can only be permitted within Deadwood and tribal lands. Some policymakers believe that mobile wagering could be legalized if servers operate in Deadwood, but a 2021 proposal received little traction in this effort.

Tennessee

There is currently no data available for this state.

While Tennessee launched sports betting with multiple sportsbooks options in November 2020, some restrictions are hurting the state’s potential to attract a decent amount of sports bettors. 

Tennessee is the only state that forces operators to return a 10% hold, which is the percentage of bets taken that sportsbooks hold onto. While most states only hold onto 5-7%, the extra 3% imposed by Tennessee means that sports bettors within the state will receive worse odds than those betting outside of Tennessee.

Texas

There is currently no data available for this state.

With a long-standing gambling opposition, Texas has a tall mountain to climb before sports betting could be potentially legalized in the state. However, proposals are currently under consideration by the legislature.

Utah

There is currently no data available for this state.

As the only state without any legal form of gambling, Utah may never see legalized sports betting.

Vermont

There is currently no data available for this state.

Vermont is one of few remaining states that does not have any operating casinos.

However, proposals for legal online sports betting to compete with the growing New England market are currently being considered by legislation.

Virginia

There is currently no data available for this state.

In January 2021, Virginia took its first online sports bet. Though there is a cap on the number of skins, major sportsbooks have legally entered the market, with more than a dozen options expected to be available by the end of 2021.

Washington D.C

There is currently no data available for this state.

Technically, Washington D.C. is a sole-source operator jurisdiction. GameBet, the only legal district-wide sports betting app, is run by the state lottery and is geofenced out of any federal properties.

Very few retail-only sportsbooks have been permitted in the district, which hasn’t generated much revenue or spending from sports bettors due to unfair pricing.

West Virginia

Mobile sports betting has been fully live since 2019, motivating sports bettors to spend a total of $776,232,516. Let’s take a look at the yearly and monthly data.

2021

In 2021, sports bettors in West Virginia spent $88,913,258 on sports wagers.

West Virginia Handle
Dec 2021 $38,212,775
Nov 2021 $50,700,483

2020

In 2020, sports bettors in West Virginia spent a total of $414,855,265. Check out the month-to-month data in the chart below.

West Virginia Handle
Dec 2020 $70,134,202
Nov 2020 $48,532,442
Oct 2020 $44,633,016
Sep 2020 $76,951,429
Aug 2020 $45,897,001
Jul 2020 $15,853,463
Jun 2020 $6,338,618
May 2020 $6,035,532
Apr 2020 $1,901,698
Mar 2020 $14,705,300
Feb 2020 $48,474,168
Jan 2020 $35,398,396

2019

In 2019, sports bettors spent $226,028,131 on sports bets. In the table below, you can view how much money sports bettors spend on sports betting each month.

West Virginia Handle
Dec 2019 $30,343,333
Nov 2019 $32,968,352
Oct 2019 $37,022,626
Sep 2019 $25,620,077
Aug 2019 $10,743,386
Jul 2019 $7,764,843
Jun 2019 $7,634,979
May 2019 $10,704,030
Apr 2019 $10,334,722
Mar 2019 $13,850,999
Feb 2019 $16,609,597
Jan 2019 $22,431,187

2018

In 2018, West Virginia sports bettors spent $46,435,863 in sports bets.

West Virginia Handle
Dec 2018 $13,332,131
Nov 2018 $13,020,483
Oct 2018 $12,760,994
Sep 2018 $7,322,255

Since PASPA Repeal

Since the launch of mobile sports betting in 2018, sports bettors have spent $776,232,516 on sports betting in West Virginia.

West Virginia Handle
Since PASPA Repeal $776,232,516
Year-To-Date $88,913,258

How Does the Most Recent Year Compare to Historical Betting?

As of now, the data for 2021 does not paint an accurate enough picture to estimate how the year will compare to the amount of money spent on sports betting in 2020. However, if West Virginia follows the same trend as other states, 2021 could produce the biggest handle for the state yet.

Wisconsin

There is currently no data available for this state.

Wisconsin has seen little movement in the possible legalization of sports betting by the state legislature or tribal stakeholders.

If sports betting does make its way into the Wisconsin market, it will most likely be through tribal casinos.

Wyoming

There is currently no data available for this state.

In 2020, lawmakers approved state-wide mobile wagering, which is currently awaiting regulation before its expected launch in 2021.

Under the authority of existing tribal compacts, the Northern Arapaho Tribe may also be adding retail sports betting to their casinos.

Which State Residents Spend the Most on Sports Betting?

Nevada, where sports betting was first legalized, still holds the top position for the state in which sports bettors spend the most on sports wagering. New Jersey, the state that challenged PASPA, falls in a close second. 

Take a look at the chart below to see where each state stands in terms of how much sports bettors within the states are spending.

State Total State Handle Since Legalization
Nevada $14,736,356,980
New Jersey $13,548,845,123
Pennsylvania $6,210,846,913
Indiana $2,205,093,169
Colorado $1,185,754,618
Mississippi $1,005,604,074
Illinois $941,403,906
Iowa $787,418,999
West Virginia $776,232,516
Rhode Island $555,523,648
Delaware $293,205,202
Oregon $263,518,470
Arkansas $55,814,459
New York $13,673,715

How Has the Coronavirus Affected How Much Bettors Spend on Sports Betting?

In states, like New York, where sports betting is only legal at physical locations, the Coronavirus severely impacted how much bettors spent on sports betting because of sportsbooks closures related to social distancing and the pandemic.

However, mobile sports betting seemed to thrive even during the peak of the Coronavirus pandemic, as sports bettors may have been presented with more time to enjoy their hobby.

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