- New Jersey’s sportsbooks had a rough month in February, with sports betting handles down a significant 26.9%.
- The decrease in handle led to New Jersey losing its five-month streak of generating a sports betting handle of at least $1B.
TRENTON, N.J. – February was a difficult month for New Jersey’s sportsbooks, according to data released by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement this week.
New Jersey Sportsbooks See Rough February
That revenue figure was the lowest mark for New Jersey since July 2020.
The over $985 million handled by New Jersey’s sportsbooks in February represents a 26.9% decrease from January, which was a historically strong month for New Jersey.
There are a few reasons for this decrease – first, there was significantly less opportunity for bettors to place wagers in February than in January.
January features the bulk of the NFL Playoffs, as well as a week of regular-season matchups. While the Super Bowl took place in February, January’s NFL slate provided significantly more opportunities for bettors.
In January, sportsbooks in New Jersey turned over a $340.3 million NFL betting handle; in February, the sportsbooks turned over just $143.7 million in NFL wagers.
Adding to the situation is the fact that the NBA and NHL both take their annual all-star breaks in February.
Not Just New Jersey – Handles Down Nationwide
While New Jersey is sure to be disappointed by their February financial figures, the drop in handle and revenue in February is an observable trend at sportsbooks throughout the United States.
Even the star of the United States sports betting industry – New York – saw a 9% drop in sports betting handles month-over-month.
While New Jersey may take some comfort in the handle dips of other states, New Jersey may be slightly worse off than they are.
Compared to last February’s sports betting figures, New Jersey’s sportsbooks saw a handle increase of 32.7% this February. For example, the aforementioned Iowa saw year-over-year handle growth of 50.3%; Tennessee and Iowa saw year-over-year growths of 77.7% and 49.4%, respectively.
While these figures may be enough to worry sportsbooks, they should not hit the panic button just yet. New Jersey has outperformed expectations since New York’s mobile sportsbook launch in January, and March – featuring one of the top sports betting attractions, March Madness – is a historically strong month for sportsbooks.
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