[toc]There was little to write home about for Nevada sportsbooks after the totals were added up for May.
Handle was down in May for the second straight year, on a year-over-basis. And betters took the books to the clears on betting on the NBA, to the tune of more than $4 million.
Still, the news wasn’t all bad, as the handle decrease was minimal, and books totaled nearly $3 million in revenue for the month.
Nevada sports betting handle = $311 million
And here’s the trend for May:
- May 2017: $310.6 million
- May 2016: $313.4 million
- May 2015: $315.8 million
Of course, those numbers should be viewed through the lens of May 2014, when handle clocked in at just $226 million. Given that huge upswing, the relative plateau of the past few years doesn’t look so bad.
That was a bad month for the books and basketball
The books can look at the NBA for a bad revenue month. Losing $4.4 million to the betting public is a record, according to ESPN.
The books’ hold of $6.6 million for bets on baseball more than offset that, however. They won $2.4 million on more minor sports like golf and boxing.
Another $1.6 million went out of the books for old football bets still being collected.
Still, at just under $3 million in revenue is one of the worst overall months in recent memory. Sportsbooks haven’t lost money since July 2013 ($547,000). This is only the fourth time since that date that the books have won under $3 million. Most months see revenue well in excess of $10 million, these days.
The big fight will help later this summer
This month, we learned that Las Vegas will host a fight between boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC fighter Conor McGregor.
This fight — not scheduled until August — has attracted tons of betting action. It should help propel the books into the always busy NFL season.