New York just became the sports betting capital of the US

New York blew past New Jersey and Nevada to claim the title of the nation’s sports betting capital.

Residents across the Empire State placed a whopping $ 1.6 billion worth of bets on mobile wagering apps in the first month that the service was legally available to consumers, according to state data.

That surpasses the $ 1.015 billion that Nevada residents spent on online sports betting in December, although it falls short of the $ 1.3 billion in New Jersey wagers in its record high month of October. January figures for New Jersey and Nevada are not yet available.

Nevada, New Jersey and New York are the only three states that top $ 1 billion in monthly wagers.

Since mobile betting apps opened for business in New York, residents wagered $ 1.62 billion between its launch on Jan. 9 and the week ending Jan. 30.

In-person sports betting at four upstate casinos added close to another $ 15 million, bringing the monthly total to $ 1.64 billion.

New York is expected to break the one-day record for most online sports wagers on Super Bowl Sunday.New York is expected to break the one-day record for most online sports wagers during the Super Bowl.Getty Images / Image Source

New York is expected to generate even more dollars for mobile sports betting apps. WynnBET just started taking bets in New York on Friday, and BallyBet has yet to start operating in the state.

Intense demand for sports wagering has observers predicting that New York could set a one-day record on Super Bowl Sunday. The big game, which will be played in Los Angeles a week from Sunday, pits the Cincinnati Bengals against the Los Angeles Rams.

In 2018, Nevada set the one-day record for mobile sports betting as residents there wagered $ 158.6 million.

New York, the fourth most populous state in the country, is poised to break the record this year given that the Empire State has a population six times that of Nevada, which counts 3 million residents.

New York’s population is also more than double that of New Jersey.

“New York has exceeded all our expectations,” Rush Street Interactive COO Mattias Stetz told the Albany Times-Union.

The company is the owner and operator of the BetRivers app, which is affiliated with Rivers casino.

Young men drinking beer and betting at the pubThe exploding popularity of online sports betting has also fueled calls from supporters to allow casinos to operate in and around the New York City area.

Last month, the New York State Gaming Commission gave the green light to four mobile apps – Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, FanDuel, and Rush Street Interactive – to begin operating.

New York’s mobile sports betting operators earned nearly $ 113 million in revenue on the $ 1.62 billion in bets they handled after paying off winners and other expenses.

That revenue is taxed at 51% in New York.

Caesars is the early leader in New York, handling over $ 615 million worth of bets in its first four weeks and generating nearly $ 56 million in revenue.

FanDuel took nearly $ 502 million in bets, generating $ 23.6 million in revenue.

DraftKings took $ 367 million in bets, generating $ 27 million in revenue; BetMGM took $ 78 million in bets with $ 3.2 million in revenue; and Rush Street Interactive took $ 32 million in bets and generated $ 837,035 in revenue.

The gambling craze has lawmakers in New York pushing for casinos to be allowed to operate in or near the city. Gov. Kathy Hochul’s $ 216.3 billion budget proposal allows for three new gambling parlors to apply for permits to operate downstate.

Supporters say that granting licenses to casinos could generate revenue upwards of $ 1 billion annually.

Mobile sports betting is only allowed to consumers who physically live in the states where they are legal. Sports betting through apps is legal in some two dozen states, including Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Michigan.

California, the nation’s most populous, has yet to legalize mobile sports betting.

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