Virginia Sportsbooks Handle $402M In February For 51% Increase YOY

Written By Dann Stupp on April 1, 2022 - Last Updated on July 27, 2023
February 2022

With a boost from Super Bowl betting, Virginia sports betting apps handled nearly $402 million in bets during February 2022, marking a 51.2% increase year-over-year.

On Friday, the Virginia Lottery released the Virginia sports betting revenue details for February.

Overall, Virginia sports bettors wagered $401,889,135 during the 28 days of February, or roughly $14.3 million per day.

The operators’ revenue for the month was nearly $27.5 million. That created a rather small hold of 6.8%, with bettors winning at their best clip since February 2021 (record 4.6% handle).

February betting also pushed the lifetime handle for legal Virginia sports betting to more than $4.1 billion.

February 2022 numbers dip after record-setting January

A year ago in February 2021, bettors tallied $265.8 million in bets. That was the first full month of legal Virginia sports betting, which formally launched its market on Jan. 21, 2021.

Now, 12 months later and with the latest figures, we can make the first fairly meaningful year-over-year comparison. With YOY growth of more than 50% between February 2021 and February 2022, the market saw substantial growth.

However, it’s worth noting that only five sportsbooks (FanDuel VA, DraftKings VA, BetMGM VA, BetRivers VA and Caesars VA) were live in February 2021. This February, though, 11 sports-betting operators were live and taking bets in Old Dominion.

Despite the YOY growth, Virginia sportsbooks actually experienced a small decline month-over-month. In January, VA sports bettors registered a record $485.5 million in bets.

Here’s the year-to-date results for Virginia sports betting:

MonthHandleGGRHold %PromosOther deductionsAGRTaxes
October 2023$571,354,817$63,996,95211.2%$2,798,787$4,834,082$56,364,083$8,550,197
September 2023$520,304,187$54,081,41410.4%$3,684,887$4,780,308$45,616,219$7,040,532
August 2023$319,005,942$32,359,88810.1%$743,076$3,711,669$27,905,144$4,155,221
July 2023$293,611,789$32,471,39611.1%$827,332$3,433,137$28,210,927$4,115,218
June 2023$325,455,052$32,668,02410.0%$1,318,014$4,915,680$26,434,330$3,939,701
May 2023$403,719,160$48,144,55011.9%$1,781,519$3,815,651$42,547,380$6,285,305
April 2023$425,982,859$45,121,87810.6%$1,941,696$4,247,815$38,932,367$5,799,965
March 2023$511,614,541$55,258,91010.8%$3,802,388$3,805,159$47,651,362$7,413,213
February 2023$433,807,108$39,766,9089.2%$7,789,446$3,592,213$28,385,249$4,682,125
January 2023$510,982,033$49,393,8129.7%$768,221$6,782,949$41,842,641$6,368,899
December 2022$503,075,150$50,687,27810.1%$567,709$3,099,072$47,020,497$7,026,829
November 2022$518,818,987$57,531,25511.1%$817,857$3,887,949$52,825,450$7,782,639
October 2022$528,029,938$51,164,1999.7%$963,187$4,668,013$45,532,999$6,956,643
September 2022$411,273,323$53,821,38213.1%$1,706,116$3,722,575$48,392,691$7,257,403
August 2022$284,671,331$36,978,89713.0%$1,140,242$4,395,696$31,442,959$4,474,132
July 2022$266,001,583$26,024,4089.8%$396,903$4,228,729$21,398,776$3,060,304
June 2022$295,235,271$25,965,1828.8%$7,834,123$5,146,174$12,984,884$1,871,961
May 2022$351,452,931$42,537,52412.1%$9,967,230$5,045,967$27,524,327$3,896,270
April 2022$399,478,366$36,275,2649.1%$11,253,534$4,260,348$20,761,381$3,040,327
March 2022$469,484,017$33,700,0167.2%$14,104,925$5,270,649$14,324,441$2,116,289
February 2022$401,889,135$27,498,1336.8%$15,816,234$3,797,649$7,884,250$1,406,280
January 2022$485,544,417$39,050,0678.0%$16,850,981$3,978,519$18,220,567$2,876,609

February 2022 marked the fifth-highest monthly handle in 13 full months of betting.

Betting on the 2022 Super Bowl accounted for $33.2 million of the $402 million handle in February, according to officials.

Looking ahead: VA sportsbooks in 2022

VA sportsbooks have already done brisk business to start 2022. That’s largely due to a sports schedule that lends itself to heavy betting, which likely continued in March:

  • January: NFL Playoffs
  • February: NFL’s Super Bowl
  • March: College basketball’s March Madness

However, the arrival of spring ushers in a slower betting schedule. Even with daily MLB games, as well as pending NBA and NHL playoffs, sports bettors just don’t bet like they do in the fall and winter.

In fact, in 2021, Virginia sportsbooks took in $304 million in bets in March. However, they failed to reach that monthly handle again until November – seven months later.

Will Virginia experience another spring and summer swoon in 2022? Like other states with sports-betting markets, a decline is all but guaranteed. But there’s reason for optimism as the Virginia sports-betting market expands in 2022. In fact, that expansion could include the first in-person retail betting opportunities.

Two of four cities that voted in favor of Virginia casinos are likely to open temporary gaming facilities this year. Those mini-casinos in Bristol and Norfolk could both offer retail sportsbooks on site.

Additionally, two other online sportsbooks, SI Sportsbook by 888 and Betway VA, have received permits and are likely to launch sometime this year.

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Dann Stupp is a longtime sports journalist who’s written and edited for The Athletic, USA Today, ESPN, and other outlets. He lives in Lexington, Virginia.

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