The Delaware Lottery had not posted sports betting numbers since March. You can place legal sports wagers at the State’s three casinos, however, there is no online sports betting in Delaware, despite it being legal there. And, it showed in the July 2020 revenue results.
Even with professional sports returning and casinos open in July, Delaware saw few sports wagers placed in the month as sportsbooks were closed most of July. Almost 50,000 wagers less were made at Delaware sportsbooks in July compared to 12 months ago.
The Global Pandemic & lack of online sports betting the ‘Perfect Storm’ for the Poor Results in Delaware
Clearly, the Delaware sports betting market has continued to suffer the consequences of the global pandemic as retail sportsbooks continue to be closed.
The Diamond State has not yet begun online sports betting, the consequence of which all but eliminated the sports wagering market when retail locations were forced to close their doors.
The July 2020 revenue results released by the Delaware Lottery Commission show a 97.6% decrease in revenue from this same month last year.
The Delaware sports betting numbers released by the Lottery Commission shows a massive decrease in overall sports wagering activity from 2019 to 2020, and the disappointing result is mainly contributed to the global pandemic and land-based sportsbooks closures.
The official Delaware Lottery report shows a steady decrease from month-to-month, resulting in a July that only saw $12 114 in sports betting revenue taken in by the Diamond State. That number was a massive decrease of 97.9% from March’s $571 486 (the last month officially reported), and down a whopping 97.6% from July 2019’s $507,410, according to the official Delaware Lottery figures.
The majority of the betting activity was reported by the Harrington Raceway, which saw $2346 in the betting handle. Dover Downs followed closely behind with $2344, while the Delaware Park sports betting facility reported a mere $133.
Delaware Lottery bosses say online sports betting not on their radar
While some other legal sports wagering markets managed to recover quickly from shutdowns thanks to online betting and the return of major professional sports, Delaware missed out on months of potential revenue with no online sports betting options at all.
Will Delaware consider the dreadful July revenue numbers and become motivated to re-examine their stance on mobile and online sports betting? Leading industry experts seem to believe that online sports wagering is not coming to the Diamond State any time soon.
Delaware Lottery Director Vernon Kirk has gone on the record previously (back in May) stating that there is no timetable for including online sports betting in the Delaware gaming mix. Kirk said it is not on the lottery’s “front burner.”
It’s an odd position to take. Sports betting has already been proven to be a successful revenue outlet for many other states, and with the pandemic shutdowns leading to a decrease in state revenues across the nation, the potentially revenue from online sports wagering could now be considered more important than it ever has.
Delaware’s online casino handle fills the gap (somewhat)
After setting state records for online casino and poker handle in April/May, topping $28 million both months, even online casino is beginning to slow.
Total online casino handle in Delaware for July was $20.7 million, a 162% increase on the $7.9 million handle in July 2019. In June 2020, Delaware reported $23.8 million in online casino and poker handle.
In terms of revenue, Delaware reported $705 533 in online casino revenue in July 2020, a 144% increase from July 2019’s $288 675, but down 26.8% from June 2020.
Online sports betting is needed more than ever in Delaware.