New Jersey sportsbooks continued to rebound from its lows in recent months in the midst of a pandemic that had brought sports and betting to a grinding halt.

As sports return and as the calendar has turned to summer, usually one of the slowest times on the sports calendar is picking up the pace.

NJ sports betting accounted for $165 million in wagers in June of 2020. That’s up from $118 million in handle in May and $55 million in April. And revenue from sports betting actually outpaced June 2019.

That’s almost certainly because of more and more things to bet on in the state in June, including PGA Tour events, UFC fights, NASCAR races, and more European soccer such as the English Premier League.

All sports betting took place online, as retail sportsbooks in New Jersey remained closed for all of June.

NJ sports betting numbers for June 2020, at a glance

June could be looked at as both promising and disappointing at the same time.

Compared to June 2019, the number obviously pales in comparison.

Last June, sportsbooks saw $273 million in betting handle. And if sports had gone off as normal in June 2020, we’d probably be approaching half a billion dollars in wagers in the state.

But given there was nothing to bet on in terms of games in the major US sports in June, the fact that there was that much betting activity is an encouraging figure.

NJ sportsbooks generated $12.6 million in revenue in the month, which is actually better than it did in June of last year ($9.7 million).

Property (Online)Revenue
TOTAL$12,639,282
Meadowlands (FanDuel, PointsBet)$6,054,769
Resorts (DraftKings, Fox Bet, Resorts Online)$3,878,994
Borgata (BetMGM, Borgata Sports)$877,303
Ocean Resort (William Hill)$687,685
Monmouth (William Hill, SugarHouse, TheScore Bet)$584,132
Hard Rock (Hard Rock online, Bet365 NJ, Unibet)$450,589
Golden Nugget (BetAmerica, GN Online)$66,533
Bally's (Caesars, 888)$38,960
Tropicana (William Hill)$2,426
Harrah's$(2,109)

FanDuel and DraftKings still lead NJ sportsbooks

The pandemic has not yet changed who sits atop the NJ sports betting pecking order.

FanDuel and DraftKings still rule the market, in that order.

The sportsbooks under the license of Meadowlands Racetrack — FanDuel and PointsBet — led the way with more than half of all revenue in the state at just more than $6 million.

NJ Gambling Sites understands the vast majority of that revenue was generated by FanDuel.

The sportsbooks under Resorts’ license followed with $3.9 million; again, DraftKings accounts for most of this figure.

Everyone else is left with the scraps and less than a quarter of the market. Borgata (BetMGM) followed with just under a million dollars in revenue.

Ocean Casino Resort had a fairly strong month of $677,000 in revenue.

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July sports betting in New Jersey will be even better?

July promises to be even better for NJ sportsbooks.

While it can be a slow month for betting when times are normal, it will be different in 2020.

The prospects of Major League Baseball and the NBA returning to play at the end of this month should result in more betting at sportsbooks.

Futures betting on the major US team sports has already picked up as their plans have solidified.

NJ sportsbook operators will certainly be looking to the fall, however, and the potential of an NFL season. This is the busiest time for sportsbooks traditionally, and pro football betting would likely help sportsbooks start to find a sense of normalcy.

Dustin Gouker

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Aside from his role as editor at LegalSportsReport.com, Dustin Gouker writes extensively about the legal online gaming and US online poker industries, having played poker recreationally for his entire adult life. He has also covered sports for The Washington Post and the D.C. Examiner, among others.