Sunday evening’s uninspiring Super Bowl LIII contest between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams reportedly brought in only around $35 million in official wagers from sportsbetting aficionados in New Jersey.
According to a Monday report from the Reuters news service, last weekend’s edition of the annual American football championship game was the first to be held since May’s invalidation of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) and the subsequent premiere of legalized sportsbooks in the states of Mississippi, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New Mexico.
New Jersey underwhelms:
The news service reported that New Jersey’s eventual Super Bowl LIII sportsbetting tally was far less than the $100 million officials in ‘The Garden State’ had earlier predicted while punters had won to the combined tune of approximately $4.6 million.
In nearby Delaware, Reuters reported that Sunday night’s gridiron extravaganza attracted aggregated handle of about $2.2 million as aficionados recorded an aggregated win of $643,041.
Nevada net win improves:
Nevada is the only state to have offered legalized sportsbetting before the revocation of PASPA and CalvinAyre.com reported that operators there saw their most recent Super Bowl-related handle tumble by about 8% year-on-year to hit just shy of $146 million although their net win rose by about 880% to reach nearly $10.8 million.
Further analysis necessary:
Dustin Gouker, a sportsbetting analyst for PlayNJ.com, reportedly told Reuters that the Super Bowl normally accounts for up to 40% of Nevada’s monthly sportsbetting handle and that he had earlier predicted Americans would wager about $325 million on this year’s first post-PASPA event.
Gouker reportedly told Reuters…
“The New Jersey market is not as event-driven as Nevada and it’s not as much of a destination, at least not yet, for the Super Bowl. It remains to be seen if the Super Bowl is just a much smaller part of the picture in New Jersey or if the numbers will be way down for February.”