The 144th functioning of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday set new records for total wagers, with just $150 million wagered on the biggest thoroughbred race of this calendar.
Those amounts have a real-world lesson that should be employed to sports gambling.
Within the Kentucky Derby numbers Here’s a look at handle from race day, according to Churchill Downs:
Wagering out of all-sources on the Kentucky Derby Day program totaled $225.7 million, an 8% increase over the 2017 total and past record of $209.2 million. Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby race climbed 8% to $149.9 million from the prior record of $139.2 million set annually.
And that was clearly good for business.
“We’re profoundly grateful to all of the lovers of the Kentucky Derby around the world who formerly Made this an amazing and memorable experience,” explained Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchill
Downs Incorporated. “We expect the Kentucky Derby Week Adjusted EBITDA to
Reflect another album with $11.0-to-$13.0 million of growth over this past year.”
Online horse betting for the Kentucky Derby We also understand that online wagering accounted for a sizable amount of that. According to Churchill Downs, handle for the day during its online wagering stage — TwinSpires — was $39.2 million, up 15 percent from 2017. For the featured race online handle in the website and mobile app clocked in at $24.6 million, up 18 percent year over year.
That’s despite the fact that the site wasn’t taking bets for a period of what seems to be 15 to 20 minutes leading up to post time because of technical difficulties. And those TwinSpires numbers do not incorporate the wagering at several other online horse gambling websites.
Put simply, online wagering in only 1 online gaming portal has been roughly 16 percent of total handle to the Derby.
You’re doing it wrong if you don’t do sports betting The lesson for countries seeking to legalize sports wagering should the federal ban be broke down in the Supreme Court sports betting case is simple: You’re restricting yourself if you don’t legalize online betting in parallel using wagering at land-based facilities (casinos, tracks, etc.). You’re not going to understand the full quantity of earnings for gaming businesses and consequently tax receipts without internet gambling.
The horse racing industry has obviously embraced online wagering. And there is no telling just how much more of a drop-off it might have undergone with no. TwinSpires, for its part, was advertisements during Saturday’s races.
And, of course, we have the example of Nevada sports gambling. There, handle has increased steadily because of the advent of mobile wagering.
If you’re a state that wants to get the maximum out of sports gambling, you’d be silly to not own online wagering. Thankfully, most states considering sports gambling bills are taking a look at legalizing it.
The bottom line: Online wagering is clearly helping raise the amount wagered on horse races. And though the horse racing sector isn’t necessarily a model for achievement, here it’s a guidepost for what ought to occur for sports betting in the US.

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