Virginia sports betting rolled into action in January with steady handle.
Bettors won $55.3 million for a hold of 6.08%.The state’s four operators spent $6.3 million on bonuses and promotions, and the state collected $39,710 in taxes.
The report stated an expectation promotional spending will decrease and revenue will reach “more sustainable” levels soon.
Growing base of Virginia operators
FanDuel received a head start, launching Jan. 21 thanks to its partnership with the Washington Football Team. The three-day head start was attributable to a quirk in state law favoring professional sports teams.
Twenty-five companies applied for licenses, but the Virginia Lottery continually refuses to identify the applicants. More licenses are expected to be awarded soon.
Virginia sports betting expansion?
Two bills set to expand the state’s betting market are headed to Gov. Ralph Northam.
The bills clear up language from last year’s legislation. Under the bills, mobile betting licenses through the state’s five casinos won’t count against a limit of 12 mobile-only licenses.
There are still 10 open mobile-licenses. DraftKings and BetMGM are mobile-only. With the bills, up to 18 licenses would be allowed, with more possible if additional major league teams make a move to Virginia.
Also clarified is legalizing Olympic betting and that the Lottery would gain authority for new market approval.
Big opening week in VA
The same week Virginia opened up, so did the Michigan sports betting market.
Michigan bettors wagered $115.2 million in its first 10 days after launching Jan. 22. With retail betting for the whole month, Michigan’s January handle reached $150.8 million.
Both Michigan and Virginia should continue to see their handle grow, with the potential to be among the top legalized states based on population.
According to Geocomply, there were 7.5 million transactions by more than 400,000 accounts in the two states during their opening weekend.