The story for West Virginia online gambling in October was somewhat unpredictable.
As expected, handle for sports betting in the state rose last month compared to September. A full month of NFL and college football, plus playoff baseball, is bound to do that.
But wagering on sports was down in a year-over-year comparison with October 2021.
Handle for iGaming in West Virginia, on options such as online slots and table games, was up from September in a month-over-month comparison.
Here is more from the month in West Virginia.
The total amount bet in October on sports was $51,118,726, a 9.0% increase from the $46.9 million wagered in September, according to the West Virginia Lottery.
But last month’s total was a 17.1% decrease from the $61.7 million in October 2021.
It was a similar story for mobile sports betting handle, which was $42.1 million in October, a 13.2% rise from September’s $37.2 million but down 11.9% from the $47.77 million from 12 months earlier.
As far as revenue goes, the numbers told the opposite story.
The West Virginia September sports betting revenue was $6.97 million, 27.3% higher than the $5.06 million last month. But October’s figure was nearly double that of a year earlier – to be exact, an 89.9% increase from October 2021 ($2,667,222).
October’s state share of taxes was $430,473, down 27.3% from September ($592,459).
The handle for iGaming, including online roulette, hit $317,057,861 for October, up 12.4% from September ($282.17 million) for best online casino gaming.
However, just like sports betting, revenue for online gambling declined last month, falling 8.3% from $10.26 million in September to $9.4 million in October.
West Virginia calculates its online gaming and sports betting figures weekly rather than monthly as most states do. The October figures run from the four-week period between Oct. 2 and 29; for September it was the span from Sept. 4 to Oct. 1.
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