Mississippi casinos generated $87,697 in sports betting revenues in the final nine days of May after the state’s casinos began to reopen from 21 May due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

It has been reported that 18 casinos opted to reopen their doors on 21 May, with a handful of others waiting until later in the month. Figures from the Mississippi Gaming Commission have shown that from 21 May to 30 May, punters wagered $236,503, which resulted in $87,697 in revenues.

While it marks a substantial decline on the $1.2m generated on a full 31 days of activity in May 2019, it marks an improvement on April 2020 figures after casinos generated no revenue during the month.

Mississippi’s coastal casinos generated the vast majority of both handle and revenue, with customers betting $145,299. Baseball generated the highest level of interest, with $10,108 in wagers placed on the sport.

Only $650 was wagered on football in the region, which has largely been attributed to the lack of major US sports in action during the month. As a result, casinos generated $30,398 in revenues, amounting to a win percentage of 21.29%.

The state’s northern casinos generated the second highest revenue and handle, with $68,066 wagered on sports outside of the US major leagues. Revenues amounted to $36,688, with a win percentage of 53.9%.

Non-US sports drove revenues for central casinos, which handled a total of $23,138, of which $17,935 was wagered on non-US sports. Baseball accounted for $5,186, with $17 wagered on football. From this, casinos won $20,071, amounting to a win percentage of 86.75%.