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Super Bowl brings $1.2M in Del. mobile sports bets

Katie Tabeling
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BetRivers saw 57,000 bets placed for the first Super Bowl Sunday when mobile sports bets were launched in the First State. | DBT PHOTO BY KATIE TABELING

DOVER — With Super Bowl LVIII bringing in record-setting numbers for bets, Delaware also recorded strong numbers for its first major event with mobile sports betting.

Delaware’s online sports app BetRivers accepted more than $1.2 million in wagers on Feb. 11, according to Delaware Lottery officials. Roughly 57,000 bets were placed through the app launched by Rush Street Interactive, the state’s vendor for online sports betting. The state saw roughly 10,000 unique visitors to the platform, according to Helene Keeley, director of the Delaware Lottery. The Delaware Lottery declined to comment on the revenue split between the state and Rush Street Interactive.

“I would say that’s pretty darn good,” Keely said. She also cautioned against comparing the figures to bets placed on the sportsbook at the state’s three casinos, and said that the two target different demographics.

“The younger generation wants to do everything by phone and you have other people who want to parlay cards and they know who’s behind the counter,” Keely said. “It’s about providing products for different lifestyles.”

RSI parent company Rush Street Gaming declined to comment on the revenue earned on the face off between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. But Rush Street Gaming officials noted that it was a strong showing for BetRivers.

“This being the first Super Bowl since online sports betting was launched in Delaware, [Rush Street] expected and experienced a lot of enthusiasm in Delaware for betting on the big game through BetRivers,” Rush Street Gaming CEO Richard Schwartz said.  “There was record participation in our exclusive BetRivers Squares game, and significant growth in popular Same Game Parlay bets. Rush Street was thrilled to see so many Delawarean NFL fans go online to enjoy BetRivers during the year’s biggest sporting event in what was a historic football game.”

Delaware made history as the first state outside Nevada to offer single-game sports wagering after the fall of the Professional & Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA) in a 2018 Supreme Court ruling. But in the five years since, the state has been challenged by mobile sports gambling through vendors like FanDuel and DraftKings.

Sports betting reached new highs, setting a record of $119.8 billion bets placed and a sportsbook revenue of $10.9 billion in 2023, according to the American Gaming Association Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker. The growth was fueled by maturation across existing markets.

The association also noted that New Jersey — which launched sports gambling and online sportsbooks in 2018 — continues to hold the second-highest grossing market in the nation. The Garden State brought in $2.8 billion in gaming revenue in 2023.

Delaware quietly launched mobile sports betting in December with RSI, and the company already has operations in 15 states including neighboring New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Before RSI took over the online gambling operation, Delaware saw about $13 million annually in gross gaming revenue, of which over 80% was via online slots. 

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