DraftKings Dominates Market as Indiana Sports Betting Handle Tops $254M for Month of May

by David Burke - Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 9:22

The Indiana Gaming Commission has released its latest monthly revenue report revealing that Indiana sportsbooks posted a sports betting handle of $254,445,226 for the month of May — a 7.1% increase on April’s handle of $236,403,308.

While the industry has surged somewhat in the last few months, May’s figure is still well short of the record handle of $348,244,676 set in January 2021.

Ameristar Casino was the state’s market leader with a handle of $89,174,818 — $81,844,352 of which came through the casino’s online partnership with DraftKings. Bluechip Casino once again came in second place with a handle of $80,000,077. $79,295,853 of Bluechip’s handle came through the casino’s online partnership with FanDuel.

However, despite a smaller handle than the Ameristar, Bluechip Casino posted the highest taxable adjusted gross revenue (AGR) with a figure of $7,673,122 over $3M more than the Ameristar’s taxable AGR.

The total combined AGR for May came in at $18,853,192. This generated state taxes of $1,791,053.

Basketball remains the most popular sport with Indiana gamblers placing $82,372,377 on the sport during the month of May. This means that since January 1st 2021, the NBA and college basketball has attracted $793,054,021 in wagers in Indiana. Baseball was the next most popular sport attracting $50,513,137 in wagers for a year to date total $199,469,272.

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David Burke

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