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DC betting revenue down 26.3% in March despite handle increase

| By Robert Fletcher
Sports wagering revenue in Washington DC fell 26.3% year-on-year to $1.4m (£1.1m/€1.3m) in March, despite handle increasing 34.2% year-on-year.

Revenue for the month was down from the $1.9m posted in March 2021, but was 89.1% up from $740,542 in February of this year, which was the lowest monthly revenue total since July 2020.

In contrast, consumer spending increased year-on-year from $15.2m in March last year to $20.4m, with this figure also 6.8% higher than $19.1m in February this year.

Breaking down individual operator performances for the month, Caesars, which runs an online sportsbook and a retail offering at the Capital One Arena, led the way in terms of revenue with $563,801 off a handle of $563,634.

Gambet, operated by the DC Lottery and powered by Intralot, placed second after paying out $5.7m in winnings from $6.2m in player wagers, leaving $511,801 in revenue.

BetMGM, which is active in DC via a partnership with Major League Baseball franchise the Washington Nationals, followed with $240,545 in revenue and handle of $5.3m.

Grand Central Restaurant, Bar and Sportsbook, which offers sports betting in partnership with Elys Game Technology, completed the quartet with $50,012 off $471,180 in total player bets.

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