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September Sports Betting Figures Set Another Record with Return of Football

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September Sports Betting Figures Set Another Record with Return of Football


LAKEWOOD, Friday, October 29, 2021– With the return of football, Colorado scored a winning touchdown with over $400 million bets placed on sports in September 2021. The Colorado Division of Gaming released the September 2021 monthly sports betting figures today, showing September as the most profitable month yet.

The total handle for September 2021 was $408,314,624, a 92.7% increase over the total handle of the prior month and a 96.6% increase from the total handle for September 2020 of $207,655,942. Taxes collected by the state in September 2021 from sports betting wagers totaled $483,047. 

Mobile betting continues to account for almost all of the total betting handle, with 98% of wagers made online and 2% of bets placed in retail locations. Twenty-five online operators and seventeen retail operators are currently open and running in Colorado.

In September, American Pro Football took the top sports spot with $125.75 million in wagers placed with retail and online operators. Baseball followed in second with $68.7 million; third was NCAA Football with $46.94 million.  The fourth spot went to Basketball with $16.34 million, and Tennis rounded out the top five sports with $16.32 million. 

View the September 2021 Sports Betting Monthly Proceeds report on the Division of Gaming's website at


On November 6, 2019, Colorado voters passed Proposition DD, establishing Colorado as one of many states across the country to allow people to place legal bets on sporting events since the Supreme Court ruling struck down a law that banned sports betting in most U.S. states. With the passage of Proposition DD and the Colorado General Assembly's legislative bill in May 2019, the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission and the Colorado Division of Gaming became the statutory authority over the legalized sports betting regulation in Colorado. Legalized, regulated sports betting began in Colorado on May 1, 2020.

The Colorado Department of Revenue’s Division of Gaming ensures honesty and integrity in the Colorado gaming industry. 

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