The Garden State continues to smash US sports betting records. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement announced that that state collected $748.5 million in sports betting wagers in September this year – setting the the record for the highest-ever monthly sports betting handle in the United States.
The previous record was also set in New Jersey in August, with the state recording $668 million in betting numbers.
If anyone doubted that New Jersey failed to sail through the COVID-19 pandemic, these latest numbers should set the record straight.
When the US Supreme Court repealed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2008, New Jersey was one of the first states to legalize sports betting. Since then, the state has gone on to break record after record.
This year alone, New Jersey has taken in nearly $3.3 billion in sports betting handle. The state has surpassed Nevada, which has slowly lost its title as sports betting capital of the United States. The highest numbers ever recorded in Nevada were in November 2019, when it hit its highest $614.1 million monthly total.
From the statistics released by gambling authorities in New Jersey, 90% of the wagers were made from mobile devices.
Bets were made on the US Open in golf, the French Open in tennis, Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Hockey League (NHL), the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Football League (NFL).
September is generally a very strong month for sports betting across the US, with the start of the NFL season.
It’s not just New Jersey posting great numbers though. Authorities in West Virginia, Iowa and Indiana have all been very satisfied with sports betting handle.
- Indiana posted $207.45 million in September (up 22%), making it the top-performing state in the Midwest.
- West Virigina posted $76.9 million in September (up 90% from August 2020).
- Iowa posted $72.4 million (up 44% from August).