New Jersey Shatters Monthly Sports Betting Handle Record in October

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DOMINICK REUTER/AFP via Getty Images. Pictured: A bettor hands cash to a teller on the first day of legal sports betting in New Jersey.

New Jersey shattered its own monthly sports betting handle in October with $1.3 billion in bets, the New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement reported Wednesday. 

The number beats the $1 billion record reported in September for the state. The $1.3 billion number is more than New Jersey took in in its first six months of legalization from June to December 2018 ($1.25 billion).

With two months of reporting left and $8.5 billion in handle taken in in 2021, New Jersey has a shot to also be the first state to hit $10 billion in bets in a single year.

New Jersey isn’t the only state to break a record. Pennsylvania broke it’s own record with $776 million in bets taken in in October. Indiana bettors wagered $461.1 million last month. 

To put that in context, Indiana bettors wagered $436 million total from September to December 2019. 

Other big states like Nevada and Illinois have yet to report for the month.   

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