States are starting to report on May sports betting numbers, and that includes a couple of markets from the Eastern portion of the state. Washington DC saw a massive jump in sports betting while Pennsylvania saw a decrease in total handle.
The total sports betting handle for Washington DC was just $13.8 million, but that was actually an increase of nearly seven percent. The district has been looking for any signs of optimism in recent months, and they got it with the May totals.
Pennsylvania is one of the largest sports betting markets in the United States, but it was not a good month for that market. The total sports betting handle was still $447.4 million, but that was actually a drop of nearly seven percent.
There have only been a handful of states that have reported on May sports betting numbers, but it appears that it could be another slow month for the industry. Washington DC has seen plenty of growth of late, and that has helped boost the numbers.
Retail Betting King In DC.
While most states throughout the US are posting big numbers when it comes to mobile betting, that has not been the case in Washington DC. There is only one online option in DC, and it is not one that has been popular with bettors.
William Hill now offers retail sports betting at Capital One Arena, and it brought in $10.6 million of the total betting handle in March. There is a large sportsbook now open 365 days a year, and mobile sports betting is available within a two-block radius of the arena.
FanDuel Leads in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania continues to be one of the top markets in the United States, and FanDuel Sportsbook continues to be the most popular sportsbook option. FanDuel partners with the Valley Forge Casino in Pennsylvania, and it posted $163.5 million in total handle for May.
DraftKings continues to put pressure on its rival in the sports betting industry, bringing in $101.4 million in wagers in May. Both of the operators saw a decrease from April, but that is consistent with industry trends.
The gross sports betting revenue for Pennsylvania was up 5.5% in May.
Both Markets Are Growing
Both Washington DC and Philadelphia are seeing plenty of growth when it comes to sports betting and overall iGaming. Pennsylvania will always be a much larger market than Washington DC, but the Nation’s capital is starting to trend in the right direction.
Now that betting is available at Capital One Arena and Nationals Park, Washington DC bettors no longer have to deal with GambetDC. That app was notorious for having unfavorable odds for bettors, and it kept customers from showing up.
Pennsylvania has not seen a ton of sports betting growth, but the online casino industry is thriving. Interactive slots brought in $67.2 million in May, which shattered the previous record for the state.