What was supposed to be sweet turned sour last week for New York sports betting mobile operators.
The high of the first major week of March Madness dropped considerably for Week 2 as official figures were released by the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) on Friday for eight live sports betting providers.
Here are three takeaways for the week ending March 27:
SWEET 16, ELITE EIGHT PROVED ANYTHING BUT
After posting a massive total mobile sports wagering handle of $427.97 million for the week ending March 20, New York bettors wagered about $100 million less for the week of March 21-27, posting $327.83 million.
The state’s weekly total handle was the lowest since the first two days of official figures reported by the NYSGC among the Empire State’s initial then-four live mobile operators ending on Jan. 9 ($171.3 million).
The state’s total Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) was $13.93 million. That is two consecutive weekly decreases. All eight of the state of New York’s eight live mobile providers showed decreases in total handle and GGR for the week.
NEW YORK MOBILE SPORTS BETTING, MARCH 21-27
ALL OPERATORS WERE DOWN
The other four online operators in the Empire State showed decreases as well as the four-highest for the week.
BetRivers New York, fifth among providers for the week, posted $8.04 million in total handle, with minus-$48,365 in total GGR.
PointsBet New York posted $7.3million in handle – good for sixth – with a total GGR of $460,360.
WynnBet New York fell just shy of $2 million, with $1.97 million in handle and a total GGR of $193,592.
The most rcent sportsbook to launch its mobile product, Resorts World New York, posted $1.1 million in total handle in only its fourth week of reporting (three straight over $1 million). Its total GGR was $87,231.
Bally Bet, the final of the nine mobile providers, is expected to launch sometime this month.
CUMULATIVE TOTALS, JAN. 8-MARCH 27
NO JOKE! MORE BIG EVENTS COMING UP
The last weekend of March Madness happens Saturday with the Final Four and Monday night with the national championship on the line. Fewer games could mean more interest and numbers should increase for the start of April.
Big events don’t end there with the NCAA Women’s Final Four and championship on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
April could start out with a roar for New York bettors and providers.
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