Newly regulated US states to outperform established markets, says BonusFinder

According to the latest Bonus Index, newly regulated states including New York, Maryland and North Carolina, will break into the top 10 highest performing US markets in 2022. attributes this to the combined effect of large populations, liberal licensing, and high bonuses.

The success of these new states will mean established US markets including Arizona, Indiana and Colorado will lose their grip on the top 10, despite several setting revenue records at the end of 2021. predicts New York will become the number one state for US sports betting despite one of the country’s highest tax rates. It estimates average welcome offers in New York of $1,500 with a low of $550 and a high of $5,000.

New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan, three of the first states to regulate both online sports betting and iGaming, are predicted to hold onto their top five places in the Bonus Index in 2022. The Index claims their rapid year-on-year growth is due to their large player volumes, openness to multiple licences, high bonuses and permitting both online betting and casino games. predicts Ontario, Canada will become the most attractive iGaming market in North America for both players and brands, surpassing its US online counterparts when it goes live in Q1 2022.  New Jersey has recently revealed a record monthly turnover of $1.3 billion in bets taken in October, however Ontario is expected to outstrip this in its first month with a population double the size of the East coast state. The Bonus Index forecasts a highly competitive market with the combination of its 15 million population containing a strong volume of sportsbook and casino players, and an estimated 70+ brands looking to acquire a licence when the market goes live. Brands will be battling for players by offering the continent’s most appealing casino bonus of $866, and an estimated sportsbook bonus of $395.

The Bonus Index measures a wide variety of factors across all current and future regulated sports betting states and provinces across the US and Canada. This includes population, number of licences and licensees, betting volume and average bonus offerings across all licensed brands to calculate an overall Free Bet index score.

Fintan Costello, managing director,, said: “While the larger established US states will continue to play a crucial role in stateside growth in 2022 our Index shows that newly regulating markets such as New York and Maryland will outmuscle many others due to their large player volume potential and highly competitive markets and bonuses which many simply don’t have right now.

“They will be the benchmark for other emerging and existing states, but nothing will compare to Ontario which is going to explode when regulated early next year. It’s already a booming market pre-regulation but we fully expect it to significantly outperform any US state by some distance and for brands to race to the border to secure a significant piece of the action.”

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