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New York takes in record $1.6 billion in sports betting handle in January

By Ben Fawkes  ( 


It didn't take long for New York to establish itself as the biggest sports betting market in the United States -- only 23 days, in fact.

The Empire State took in a record $1.62 billion in mobile sports betting wagers over the course of January, the state's first month with mobile sports wagering. Sports betting had been legal in New York since July 2019, but limited to several upstate casinos -- and bets had to be made in person.

The previous monthly handle record had been held by New Jersey, with $1.3 billion in wagers in October of last year.

New York opened its mobile sports wagering on Saturday, Jan. 8 with four operators -- DraftKings, Caesars, FanDuel and Rush Street Interactive -- and is now up to seven live operators.

Caesars Sportsbook had the most money wagered, with $615.5 million, followed by FanDuel ($501.8 million) and DraftKings ($367.6 million).

Sports betting is now legal and operational in over 30 U.S. states.

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