The first full month of college and pro football wasn’t enough to right the ship for Mississippi sportsbooks, which reported slight declines in handle and casino revenue during the month of October.
Overall, Mississippi sportsbooks took in a total wagering handle of $49,503,679 in October, which represented a 4.2% decline from September ($51,647,915). Meanwhile, the state’s revenue figure ($7,344,506) dropped 9.8% from the month before ($8,144,028).
On the casino side of the state’s report, Mississippi’s operators took in a slots drop of $2.087 billion in October, which was down 5.9% from September ($2.219 billion).
The same casinos took in $157.144 million in slots win in October, which was down 8.3% from September’s total of $171.284 million. The table games hold was $23.922 million, which was down 14.1% from September’s total of $27.836 million.
Finally, the October table games drop for Mississippi casinos finished up at $143.665 million, which was down 10.7% from a month ago, when the same facilities took in a total of $160.949 million.
How Mississippi Compares Nationally
Through the first 10 months of the year, Mississippi sportsbooks have taken in $362,974,308 in sports betting handle, averaging out to $36.2 million per month, with the largest single-month total coming in January ($57,223,251) and the lowest in July ($17,728,739).
Keep in mind, of course, that Mississippi sports betting is retail only. Last month a task force listened to stakeholders on the pros and cons of Mississippi online sports betting.
Nationally, Mississippi’s October sports betting handle so far ranks 10th, well behind national leaders New York ($2.02 billion), Massachusetts ($571.8 million), Maryland ($483.1 million), Tennessee ($443.8 million) and Indiana ($429.7 million). Some big states have not reported for the month. Overall, the state’s October handle ranks behind No. 9 Oregon ($71.9 million) and No. 8 Connecticut ($189.6 million).