In a 47 pages report on the online casino sector and its future, Deutsche Bank is optimistic about the iGaming growth in the coming years across the US, depending on the considerable legislation support garnered for sports betting and online betting in the post-pandemic era.

With August GGR results out for most states as tracked by the Bank, including and based on congruent assumptions for the yet-to-report markets, the bank estimates August sports betting GGR is likely to approximate $510 million.

With respect to the states that were live for the entire period of July 2022 and have reported both July and August results, sports betting GGR in August shot up 26 percent on monthly basis. 

The sequential improvement in GGR stems primarily from higher hold, as the 165 basis points monthly hold improvement, which was 11.5 percent in August versus 9.9 percent in July, combined with a 7.7 percent sequential handle improvement, the report noted.

From a year-on-year perspective for this subset, handle is up 62 percent and an improvement of 370 basis points in Hold, which grew by 370 basis points in August 2022 at 11.5 percent versus August 2021 hold of 7.8 percent. puts revenue growth at 138 percent on a year-on-year basis.

2027

From a legislative perspective, the bank’s Total Addressable Market (TAM) forecast assumes that by 2023 72 percent of the U.S. adult population, which includes 173 million adults in legalized jurisdictions, will have access to sports betting, be it via mobile or in retail locations.

“By 2027, the bank estimates 79 percent of the US adult population to have access to legalized sports betting,” – the report highlighted.

Given the assumed CAGR for the states that operated for the entire fiscal of 2021, as well as the new states the bank forecasts coming online over the 2022–2027-time frame, the 2027 US sports betting forecast is pegged at $12.0bn, unchanged from the prior forecast, the report read.

The Bank argues that it is taking a fairly balanced, realistic approach to the assumptions around the big 3 states, including California, Florida, and Texas, for sports betting, the report emphasized.

To account for the variant levels of per capita spend likely to be experienced across states, the bank has adjusted the base per capita spend assumption by the delta in household income.

Citing an example, the Bank report reads, “If New Jersey per adult spend base is ~$100, and New Jersey household income is $82K, we would assume a per adult spend of ~$50 for a state with average household income of $41K that offers mobile sports betting or mobile and retail sports betting.”

Deutsche has effectively embedded a 4.6 percent “same-store” CAGR for states that operated for the entirety of 2021, from 2022 through 2027, the report read.

While the embedded same-store 4.6% CAGR may appear conservative, it is important to keep in mind the impact of promotions on GGR, and, to the extent operators attempt to pivot to more profitable business models, the extraction of promotions would have a negative effect on gross revenue growth rates.