The experts at EmpireStakes.com have assembled this guide to explain what we mean when we talk about New York sports betting financial figures. The two main categories are handle and gross gaming revenue.
The sports betting market in New York includes nine online/mobile operators as of June 2023, as well as a number of retail sportsbooks at a handful of brick-and-mortar casinos. The online market includes the vast majority of sports betting action in the state.
Also, there are plans for three New York City-area casinos. The specifics on those casinos are not firm but they would possibly include sportsbooks whenever they begin operations.
The handle is simply the total dollars wagered on sports in the state each month. In New York, bettors wager hundreds of millions of dollars each month (sometimes more than $1 billion in a month). Though upstate casinos already had sports gambling available since 2019, online sports wagering was a game-changer when it began in January 2022. Online sports gambling propelled New York to the top of states with sports wagering. Many online operators offer NY sportsbook promo codes to their customers.
Handle represents the amount of total money wagered and gross gaming revenue is what is left over after winning bets are paid. In New York, the tax rate on mobile sportsbooks is 51% of the gross gaming revenue, which is tied with Rhode Island and New Hampshire for the highest tax rate in the country in that category. The New York tax rate on retail sports betting revenue is 10%.
State and national revenue records were set by New York in sports betting in January.
According to the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC), January’s total revenue for both mobile and retail combined came in at $211,706,706. That is up a solid 11.8% from December ($189,287,146). It also establishes new state and national records. Last month was the previous New York mark. The old national mark, recorded this month, was $209,037,382 by Ohio.
Mobile sports betting gross gaming revenue (GGR) for January posted at $211,504,815, up a significant 12.3% from December ($188,300,120), also new state (December 2023) and national records. The previous national mark was $205,734,730 by Ohio, set this month.
Legislators were certainly happy in Albany as taxes collected from mobile sports betting totaled $107,867,456 in January, an $11.8 million increase from December’s $96,033,061, which broke the old state and national records.
However, the state’s total sports betting monthly handle for the month was sub-par, coming in with a combined mobile and retail number of $1,965,468,151. That is a decrease of 4.3% from December ($2,053,736,710). New York sports betting apps came in at$1,955,590,364, down 4.2% from December ($2,041,931,893).
New York sports betting handle in FY 2022-23 was about $16.4 billion.
The tax rate for New York sports betting is 51%.
The New York State Gaming Commission reports its figures for sports betting both weekly and monthly.
Sports wagering tax proceeds go to education.
The New York State Gaming Commission.
Mobile sports betting handle at New York sportsbook apps refers to the amount of money wagered on mobile or online apps, using phones, laptops or other online devices. In New York, total handle refers to the combined handle of both online wagering and sports betting done at casinos.
Handle is the term used to refer to the amount of money wagered. In New York, Gross Gaming Revenue refers to what’s left after winning bets are paid out.
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