Date: 07.12.2023

by Antoni Majewski

Rhode Island’s Monthly Sports Betting Revenue: A Detailed Analysis

The Rhode Island Lottery’s latest revenue report reveals intriguing insights into the state’s sports betting sector for October. The total wagers amounted to over $45.8 million, indicating dynamic shifts in betting behaviors.

A comparative analysis shows a 17.4% decrease year-on-year, contrasted with a 21.8% increase from the previous month. This fluctuation highlights the variable nature of the sports betting market. Caesars, as Rhode Island’s sole mobile sportsbook, played a dominant role by accepting over $36.3 million in bets, constituting 79.29% of the month’s total wagers. In contrast, the state’s two retail sportsbooks contributed $9.5 million.

Fluctuating Fortunes: Rhode Island’s Sports Betting Landscape in October

The cumulative betting amount for 2023 has now reached over $365.1 million, underscoring the popularity of sports betting in Rhode Island.

From the total wagers, sportsbooks generated revenues of $4.5 million, achieving a win percentage of 9.91%. This performance brings the year-to-date revenue to $32.7 million, which is 85.6% of the total for the same period last year. The all-time revenue figure stands at an impressive $163.6 million.

Regarding state revenue, the 51% sports wagering tax rate in Rhode Island resulted in over $2.3 million in taxes for October alone. The year 2023 has seen the state amass $16.6 million in taxes, contributing to a total of $83.9 million since the inception of sports betting in November 2018.

Our Comment on the Article

The latest figures from the Rhode Island Lottery offer a fascinating glimpse into the ebb and flow of the sports betting market. The contrasting yearly decline and monthly increase in total wagers reflect the dynamic and unpredictable nature of sports betting trends. Caesars’ significant market share as the sole mobile sportsbook highlights the growing preference for digital betting platforms.

The steady accumulation of revenue and taxes for the state emphasizes the significant economic impact of sports betting. This report not only sheds light on Rhode Island’s betting landscape but also underscores the evolving nature of the sports betting industry, where market trends can shift rapidly, influenced by various factors such as seasonal sports events and economic conditions.