Billed from the start as one of the great experiments in early US sports betting, Colorado hit another new high in January.
Gross sports betting revenue also set a new mark, reaching $23.1 million. The state collected $1.2 million in taxes, topping December’s $531,489.
Online CO sports betting still king
More than $319 million, or 97%, was bet online in Colorado. The market launched as primarily a mobile one, with retail wagering available only in three remote towns in the Rocky Mountains.
That online handle helped generate $22.7 million in gross gaming revenue in the month.
Bets at retail sportsbooks did grow from $4.1 million in December to $7.5 million last month.
Colorado still loves table tennis
Coloradans bet $11.8 million on table tennis, as the sport remains hot long after the return of traditional sports after the COVID-19 shutdowns.
Table tennis trailed basketball and the NFL, and surpassed hockey despite the Colorado Avalanche being among the favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Parlays brought in $53.3 million in bets.
Top 5 sports by handle:
- NBA: $88.3 million
- NFL: $75 million
- NCAA basketball: $39.9 million
- Table Tennis: $11.8 million
- Hockey: $9.6 million
Soccer topped $6 million in wagers, while NCAA football and MMA finished with more than $3 million bet on each. Tennis and golf finished with $2.9 million and $1.7 million, respectively.
Colorado sports betting builds on strong 2020 start
Following its May 2020 launch, Colorado reported nearly $1.2 billion in bets in 2020. December was the year’s largest month with $284.5 million in wagers.
Colorado will likely finish January just outside of the top 5 in state handle. It trails New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Indiana. The state will more than likely finish behind Illinois when it reports. Indiana finished January with $348 million wagered.
With a strong start to 2021, Colorado sports betting could be on pace to shatter its first-year totals.