New Jersey Approaches $400 Million for Sports Betting in June, a 20% Increase From 2019

Money won from gamblers in casinos and sports betting in New Jersey totaled nearly $393 million in June this year, marking a 20 percent increase from June of 2019, the Associated Press reported.

Casinos in Atlantic City accounted for $345 million of the total, almost four times as much as what was won in June of 2020 when COVID-19 forced the gambling hubs to shut their doors. Casinos and race tracks won just $278 million in June of 2019.

Year-to-year measurements will become accepted comparisons again this August, since most casinos reopened around the beginning of July of 2020, according to the Associated Press. June is the most high-traffic and profitable time of year for casinos, as well as the beginning of the summer season, driving anticipation for this June's report for those in the industry.

"For three consecutive months, (revenue) growth has exceeded 20 percent compared to the strong results of 2019," said James Plousis, chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. "I've seen first-hand that visitation to Atlantic City is on the rise, tourists are happy to be coming back, and the summer season is off to a positive start."

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New Jersey gambling regulators released figures showing the nine casinos won $345 million from gamblers in June, a significant increase from 2019. Here, a woman takes a cell phone photo of a slot machine at Bally's casino in Atlantic City, N.J., on June 23, 2021. Wayne Parry/AP Photo

"The elimination of COVID restrictions and the return to normalcy bode well for us, as we introduced our reimagined casino floor enhancements at the end of June," added Terry Glebocki, CEO of the Ocean Casino Resort.

Borgata led the pack with $97.7 million in revenue, followed by Hard Rock at $41.6 million; Tropicana at $27.4 million; Ocean at $26.6 million; Harrah's at $21.3 million; Caesars at $20.3 million; Resorts at $13.9 million; Golden Nugget at $12.2 million, and Bally's at $11.6 million.

Among internet-only entities, Resorts Digital won $35.5 million, Golden Nugget Online won $27.6 million, and Caesars Interactive NJ won $9.3 million.

New Jersey gamblers made $766 million worth of sports bets in June. After paying winning bets and expenses, the casinos and tracks kept $71.2 million of that.

The Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, just outside New York City, won $44.5 million; Monmouth Park in Oceanport near the Jersey Shore won $2.5 million, and Freehold Raceway, which has yet to ramp up its sports betting operation in any meaningful way, won $132,775.

Internet gambling revenue was up more than 26 percent in June from a year earlier, rising to $107 million.

So far this year, the casinos and tracks have won more than $2.1 billion, twice the amount they had won over the same period last year, which included the 3 1/2 months that the casinos were shut down.

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Gambling and sports betting in New Jersey casinos netted $393 million in June this year, according to the state. Here, a gambler prepares to roll the dice in a game of craps at Bally's casino in Atlantic City, N.J., on June 23, 2021. Wayne Parry/AP Photo