The April results for New Jersey’s casino and sports betting are in with gambling properties accumulating a total of $422 million or a 20% increase year-over-year. Results were strong both across the land-based and interactive verticals with in-person gambler numbers also increasing significantly, better than the 2019’s April levels as a matter of fact.
April Beckons Recovery of In-person Gambling Industry
The COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed down interest in brick-and-mortar casinos it seems since pent-up demand has had a positive impact on Atlantic City and the properties located there. The reported numbers exclude money won on horse races, which are reported separately.
Commenting for Associated Press, Lloyd Levenson Institute at Stockton University director Jane Bokunewicz offered an insight into the latest numbers and what they signified for the city. She acknowledged that COVID is still a problem:
“While COVID remains a concern, the public seems to be returning to pre-pandemic social behavior by attending large gatherings, traveling more, and socializing with friends.”Associated Press, Lloyd Levenson Institute at Stockton University director Jane Bokunewicz
The city’s nine casinos have done quite well, with the properties reporting a collective total amount won to the tune of $235 million from in-person gamblers, or 24% up to from in-person gambling wins during April 2019.
These numbers also bring new proof that the sector is recuperating quicker than expected, despite difficulties, and may give renewed strength to the argument for banning smoking in Atlantic City casinos. Five out of nine casinos managed to improve on their 2019 results, which was the latest base for comparison.
Big Winners, Even Bigger Results
Hard Rock and Ocean, two of the newest properties in the location, saw a significant uptick in gaming operations. The Borgata brought in the most, though, with $61.6 million or up from 60% from 2021. Hard Rock was second with $40.5 million or up 15% from a year before. Ocean was third with $26.2 million, once again up 18.5%. Harrah’s came forth, improving on 2021’s results by another 12% for a total of $23.1 million.
Another big driver of revenue was interactive gambling which accounted for $136.8 million, or up 27% from a year before. Internet gaming revenue continues to account for a significant part of the gambling experience but it has not fully impinged on land-based gambling revenue as was once feared. In fact, Internet gambling has catered to an entirely different cast of gamblers.
Meanwhile, casinos and tracks generated some $927 million in total sports betting handle in April, holding some $50.3 million of that as revenue. For the first four months of 2022, in-person casino revenue reached $848 million and the total sports betting and racetrack gambling revenue is $1.6 billion.