Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced that preliminary numbers show that the first two weeks of regulated sports betting in the retail system generated a value of $4.5 million.
Retail sports betting began on September 7th, with mobile betting only launching this Thursday, September 28th. More than 60,000 mobile accounts are already pre-registered.
The governor of the US state said: “This is a strong number that certainly reflects the enthusiasm that Kentuckians feel about opening sports betting.”
Furthermore, Beshear pointed out that American football has everything it needs to stand out as the main sport at the start of operations in the state. “With the college football and NFL season underway, as well as the launch of mobile betting, we expect this number to grow significantly.”
The politician also highlighted that the legalization of sports betting benefits the state’s residents doubly.
“This is a great situation for Kentuckians who can enjoy a quality entertainment experience and benefit from funds that stay right here in our state to help us build a better Kentucky.”
Sportsbooks open in Kentucky
Bet365, BetMGM, Barstool Sportsbook, Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel and Fanatics have been licensed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) to operate mobile betting in the US state and will launch their applications on the day scheduled to begin activities.
While Circa Sports Kentucky has been licensed and plans to launch a mobile app later this year. Last week, the Sports Betting Advisory Council (SWAC) recommended additions to the betting catalog.
The additions are Formula One Racing, NRL (National Rugby League Australia), PFL (Professional Fighters League MMA), Bellator (MMA), Universal Tennis League.