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Another year, another record for Nevada sports betting handle as 2019’s total grew to $5.3 billion, up 6.2% from last year’s total.
It’s the 10th straight annual handle record set in the state and the second time handle eclipsed the $5 billion mark, according to historical figures from UNLV.
Revenue for the full year also hit a new record at $329.1 million, up 9.3% from last year’s record. That’s an implied hold of 6.2%.
December’s NV sports betting handle hit $571.1 million. Revenue was $36.3 million in December for an implied hold of 6.4%.
Handle for all sports categories except for parlays rose year-over-year in 2019 while hold rose for all but basketball.
Basketball followed next with $1.7 billion in handle. Baseball ranked a distant third at $1.1 billion, while all other sports accounted for $594.8 million. Parlay handle was $50.1 million.
Last year’s 6.2% hold is the highest since 2007 when the state held 6.49%.
It’s entirely possible this is the last year Nevada will lead US states in sports betting handle.
Online sports handle accounted for 83.7% of New Jersey’s total last year. There’s no exact breakdown for Nevada sports betting, but Gaming Control Board Senior Research Analyst Michael Lawton assumes mobile market share rose last year from an estimated 48% in 2018.
Nevada appears ready to match other jurisdictions throughout the country in reporting its mobile wagering share. Even though mobile Nevada sports betting began in 2010, the state’s regulator has never separated out how much came from mobile.
Thankfully, the guessing is about to stop as the Silver State matches up with the national trend. Lawton confirmed the state will break out mobile betting share every month moving forward.
That increasingly detailed reporting will provide a clearer picture of how Nevada compares to other states. The ballpark figure of nearly half suggests that the state’s onerous in-person registration and funding requirements continue to hamper mobile potential.
NV sports betting app technology also lags behind that which is available to the east. DraftKings co-founder Matt Kalish recently cited the in-person sign-up mandate as a primary reason the company has not launched its app in Nevada.