Patrons bet nearly $190 million in New Jersey’s sportsbooks for the first full month of football season in what was the industry’s most lucrative month to date, marking a 212 percent increase from what they bet a year ago.
In total, patrons wagered $445 million on sports in September – the largest monthly handle for the state – and more than $4 billion since sports betting was rolled out in June 2018, according to Tuesday numbers from the Division of Gaming Enforcement, which regulates the state’s gaming industry.
Sports bettors wagered $188,646,346 on football in September 2019, compared to $88,609,441 in September 2018.
The National Football League’s 2019 Season kicked off on Sept. 5 when the Green Bay Packers won against the Chicago Bears.
“What September did show us it that football betting is still an overwhelmingly powerful force in New Jersey, and that will help it keep pace,” said PlayNJ.com analyst Dusin Gouker.
Most of the state’s 20 online and in-person sportsbooks opened in time for football season, in August and July of 2018.
Only another four sportsbooks have opened since then: Tropicana Atlantic City’s in-person pool on Oct. 25, 2018, and its online pool on Jan. 25, 2019, and Hard Rock Casino Hotel Atlantic City’s online pool on Jan. 26, 2019, and its in-person pool three days later.