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Rhode Island sports betting revenue slips to $2.3m in May

| By Robert Fletcher
Revenue from sports betting in Rhode Island slipped to a year-low of $2.3m (£1.9m/€2.2m) in May, though the state’s handle was up month-on-month.

Player spending for the month reached $41.1m, up 45.2% from $28.3m in May of 2021 and also 2.2% higher than $40.2m in April this year.

Of this total, $25.3m was spent online, while the other $15.8m was bet at retail sportsbooks at the Twin River and Tiverton Casino locations.

Revenue was down 14.8% year-on-year from $2.7m in May last year and 11.5% lower than $2.6m in April of this year. The monthly figure was also the lowest total since $1.2m was posted in December 2021.

Some $1.9m of total revenue was attributed to online betting, with the remaining $461,059 being retail revenue split across Twin River and Tiverton Casino.

Of the two casinos, Tiverton Casino came out on top with $404,515 in revenue from $5.3m in player bets, ahead of Twin River with just $56,544 in revenue, but almost double the size handle of $10.5m.

Last week, it was announced that Bally’s Corporation had agreed to sell two more casino properties to Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI) in a sale-leaseback agreement worth $1bn.

Both the Bally’s Twin River Lincoln Casino Resort and Bally’s Tiverton Casino & Hotel are being acquired by GLP Capital, the operating partnership of the gaming real estate investment trust.

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