Ohio Sports Betting February Revenue Report: FanDuel Remains Top Sportsbook

Written By Hill Kerby on April 3, 2024
Ohio Sports Betting February Revenue Report

February was predictably a down month for Ohio sports betting. According to the Ohio Casino Control Commission’s (OCCC) most recent report, sportsbooks in the Buckeye State handled $657.7 million in wagers. Online sports betting handle declined 17% from January’s $792.1 million but rose 5.9% from $621.3 million in February 2023.

Revenue totaled $67 million, representing a 39.5% month-over-month drop (from $110.7 million) and a 16.7% year-over-year drop (from $80.4 million).

Retail sportsbooks posted a $122K monthly loss. Their $13.4 million handle fell short of the $13.5 million returned in winnings and voided wagers.

Ohio sports betting crowns FanDuel king of February revenue

The Super Bowl marked the end of the first NFL season with legal Ohio sports betting. Ohio bettors showed their gridiron loyalty to FanDuel Sportsbook once more, as its $222.2 million handle led the state for the fourth straight month.

DraftKings Sportsbook nearly caught FanDuel Ohio, posting a $222 million handle. The two have jockeyed for pole position in the state since day one.

MonthFanDuel HandleDraftKings HandleWinner
January 2023$494.2 million$344 millionFanDuel
February 2023$232.8 million$214 millionFanDuel
March 2023$258.5 million$228.4 millionFanDuel
April 2023$184.6 million$161.3 millionFanDuel
May 2023$158.5 million$137 millionFanDuel
June 2023$120.3 million$117.5 millionFanDuel
July 2023$106.7 million$116.2 millionDraftKings
August 2023$115.8 million$133. 8 millionDraftKings
September 2023$207.8 million$261.3 millionDraftKings
October 2023$258.6 million$258.7 millionDraftKings
November 2023$293.3 million$275.8 millionFanDuel
December 2023$289 million$261.3 millionFanDuel
January 2024$282.7 million$254.2 millionFanDuel
February 2024$222.2 million$222 millionFanDuel

FanDuel outperformed DraftKings Ohio in monthly revenue, too. Despite the two sportsbooks having just a $211K difference in February handle, FanDuel’s $28.1 million revenue was 16% higher than DraftKings’s $24.2 million.

SportsbookFebruary HandleTaxable Revenue
ESPN BET$40,867,715$3,262,214
Hard Rock$11,784,462$794,478

60% of Ohio sportsbooks see February revenue totals under $1 million

While FanDuel and DraftKings posted revenue totals well above $20 million, 12 of the state’s 20 sportsbooks failed to hit seven figures for the month.

According to the February revenue report, only six additional sportsbooks surpassed $1 million in February revenue:

  • bet365 Ohio jumped into the number-three spot in handle ($44.6 million) and revenue ($4.2 million)
  • BetMGM Ohio also surpassed ESPN BET Ohio in handle ($42.6 million to $40.9 million), but its $3.1 million revenue fell $141K shy of ESPN BET’s.
  • Fanatics Ohio was seventh in handle ($14.6 million) and sixth in revenue ($1.3 million)

Notable sportsbooks with below $1 million in February revenue:

  • Caesars Ohio reported $963.7K in February revenue despite accepting $29.3 million in wagers.
  • Similarly, Hard Rock Ohio’s $794K in revenue came from an $11.8 million handle.
  • Six Ohio sportsbooks had under $100K in taxable revenue:
    • BallyBET
    • Betway
    • betPARX
    • Betfred
    • MVGBet
    • Betr
  • Two sportsbooks reported monthly losses: Prime had -$583K in revenue from its $10 million handle, and SuperBook Ohio posted an $8,109 loss from its $591K handle.

February shows strong signs for Ohio March Madness revenue

Ohio’s January 2023 sports betting launch was monumental in every way. Its $621.3 million handle in February 2023 was fifth in the US, ahead of mature economies like Arizona and Pennsylvania, and it finished 2023 as the number-six market in the US.

A year later, sports betting volume has grown by nearly 6%, showing that Ohio’s launch was not a honeymoon phase. January’s handle fell by 27.4% MoM ($298 million), but that was expected because of the promotional money that sportsbooks offered when they went live.

Pending disaster, sportsbooks will report greater wins in March as a result of the NCAA March Madness basketball tournaments. Another month with YoY gains will show promise for the future of Ohio sports betting.

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Hill Kerby is a proponent of safe, legal betting, and is grateful to be able to contribute to growing the industry. He has a background in poker, sports, and psychology, all of which he incorporates into his writing.

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