The first month of football season produced big results for retail Mississippi sportsbooks, with a total handle that finished above $51 million and gains in revenue as well.
Overall, Mississippi sportsbooks took in $51,647,915 in total handle during September, which was up 141.4% from August ($21,392,231) — with Magnolia State bettors taking advantage of Ole Miss and Mississippi State’s hot start to the season to get some college football (and NFL) wagers in before the month wrapped up.
As far as sports betting revenues were concerned, September produced Mississippi’s highest gross gaming revenue total ($8,144,028) of the year, reaching levels not seen since last December and gaining 202.6% from August’s total of $2,691,244.
Through September, Mississippi sportsbooks have taken in a total wagering handle of $313,470,629, averaging out to $34,830,069.90 per month. The state’s highest handle of the year came in January, when sportsbooks took in $57,223,251 in wagers. The lowest was in July, at $17,728,739.
Mississippi Casinos See Slight Increases
The news wasn’t quite as rosy for Mississippi’s retail casinos, though there still were slight month-over-month increases in slots drop and win, as well as table games hold.
In total, the facilities raked in $2.219 billion in slots handle, which was up 1.2% from August ($2.193 billion), while the state’s slots win was up 2.1% in September, from $167.687 million in August to $171.284 million during the ninth month of the year.
The casino table games drop wrapped up September at $160.949 million, which was down 0.5% from August ($161.735). The state’s table games hold was $27.836 million, which climbed 4.6% from August’s total of $26.622 million.