Virginia joined Michigan in the final days of January as the nation’s latest legal sports betting states, with the Old Dominion State beginning with just two sportsbooks in FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings in operation.
It feels like it has been a long time in coming following the launch of land-based sports betting back in March 2020, however, Michigan finally welcomed online sports betting and online casinos on Friday, 22 January 2021.
Having got the state’s tribal casinos onside with his plan to legalize sports betting, Arizona State Governor Doug Ducey wants to open the door to allow all Arizonans 21 years-of-age and older to place legal sports wagers on the Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Suns, and perhaps even the Sun Devils and Wildcats.
Pennsylvania online sportsbooks did not take long to return to their record-setting ways. After a relatively disappointing sports betting handle result in November, the Keystone State’s sportsbooks generated a record high of $548.6 million in sports wagering in December 2020, edging October 2020’s previous high-water mark of $525.8 million.
Virginia had been on record as announcing it was on course to launch its online sports betting industry before the Super Bowl. However, what no-one expected was that Virginia would launch more than 2 weeks earlier than anticipated.
When Tennessee proposed legal online sports betting, it was considered a bold move as up until then the state had no gambling heritage whatsoever, not even a casino culture, tribal or commercial. However, the state managed to get online sports betting legalized and up-and-running. What’s more, straight out of the gates, Tennessee sports betting has been a raging success story recording the biggest debut month by any legal online sports betting state ever in November 2020.
Online sportsbooks and the state government of Iowa are celebrating the state’s first-ever sports betting handle of more than $100 million. After first hinting at breaching the possibility of $100 million handle mark in November, Iowa continued its sports betting momentum, recording $104.8 million in wagers placed in December, an increase of 20.2% compared to the $87.2 million bet in the Hawkeye State in November 2020. The record monthly number resulted in Iowa breaking through the $600 million mark in handle for the year.