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Sports betting began in the Bluegrass State in September 2023. State officials chose a gradual launch, allowing brick-and-mortar sportsbooks to start first on Sept. 7, 2023. Online operators received the green light three weeks later.

As of November 2023, seven of Kentucky’s nine licensed racetracks have licenses to serve as sports wagering operators. That allows them to host sportsbooks at their racing venues and their historical horse racing satellite facilities. Those tracks may also partner with up to three online sports betting operators.

Currently, there are eight licensed online sports betting operators in the state; they often offer Kentucky betting promos. Bet365 and BetMGM have partnered with Sandy’s Racing and Gaming. Caesars Sportsbook is connected to The Red Mile. Circa Sports and DraftKings have partnerships with Cumberland Run. Fanatics is partnered with Oak Grove Racing and Gaming. FanDuel is licensed through Turfway Park, and Barstool Sportsbook (soon to be ESPN BET) is connected with Ellis Park. Of those, all but Circa have officially started taking bets in Kentucky.

Brick-and-mortar sportsbooks have opened at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ellis Park in Henderson, Oak Grove and Turfway Park in Florence – all of which operate on the Kambi platform. Caesars has a retail book at The Red Mile in Lexington. DraftKings has sportsbooks at Cumberland Run in Corbin and The Mint Williamsburg, while BetMGM recently opened one at Sandy’s Racing and Gaming in Ashland.

Through the initial handle figures released by the administration of Gov. Andy Beshear, the state is following in the path of most other markets that have both online and retail options – that is, the licensed online Kentucky sports betting apps are the preferred choice by most sports bettors in the state.

Kentucky Sports Betting, December vs. November

Total HandleMobile handle Revenue
December $264.064M $255.303M $32.020M
November $282.514M $272.524M $21.581M
Change Down 6.5% Down 6.3% Up 48.4%

Note: Kentucky mobile sports betting began on Sept. 28, 2023; retail sports betting launched Sept. 7, 2023.

Kentucky Sports Betting Handle and Revenue: December 2023

Kentucky online sports betting operators reported handles of $272.5 million for November and $255.3 million for December, according to data released by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Wednesday. Those figures are down slightly from the $279.8 million the seven sportsbooks took in October.

As was the case in other states, November was not the best month for Kentucky operators, as they reported revenues of just $21.6 million. While the handle dropped in December, the licensed operators claimed more, earning $32 million in revenue. For both months, online operators generated more than $7.5 million in state taxes.

DraftKings and FanDuel stand clear among the field. FanDuel edged DraftKings in handle for November by less than $50,000 ($102 million to $101.9 million), but DraftKings took more wagers in December, $98.5 million to $93 million.

ESPN BET, which went live in mid-November, gained significant ground. Its November handle was $17.6 million, which includes two weeks of wagering for Barstool Sportsbook. It saw traffic rise in December to $19 million. Comparatively, Barstool reported a Kentucky online sports betting handle of $2.6 million in October.

Next in line was bet365. The British-based operator reported handles of $18.2 million and $15.8 million for November and December, respectively. Caesars took wagers of $15 million and $14.1 million.

BetMGM’s betting traffic for the months totaled $12.4 million and $9.3 million, while Fanatics’ $5.6 million December handle was up slightly from its $5.5 million in the previous month.

Kentucky sports bettors clearly prefer to make their wagers online. The state’s retail sportsbooks reported handles of $10 million in November and $8.8 million in December. The brick-and-mortar outlets won $1.3 million over that span, which generated just less than $130,000 in state taxes.month.

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