PA online casino games generated gross revenue of more than $57 million during September, the highest in a single month so far for Pennsylvania.
Of the September total, online slots accounted for more than $39.9 million in revenue, with an additional $14.7 million from online table games.
In August, online slot games accounted for $39.6 million and online table games just under $13.6 million.
Total online slot wagers held steady at $1.06 billion for September, while table games saw a month-over-month increase from $812.5 million to $926.8 million wagered.
New iGaming record despite poker’s continued slide
Poker continues to slide, down from $2.7 million in revenue in August.
With poker rolled into the other online revenues, the September figure came in at just over $57 million, according to Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) figures.
In September a year ago, when the iGaming industry in PA was just getting off the ground, revenue was just $4.1 million. That revenue has increased nearly 12.8x in September 2020.
Total September revenue up, retail down more than 16%
In September, total gaming and fantasy revenue was more than $284.2 million. That’s an increase of 1% compared to September 2019, when casinos were open at full capacity.
By comparison, slot and table revenue in brick-and-mortar casinos were down 16% in September compared to a year ago.
With sharply fewer machines in play due to virus restrictions, slot revenue last month was more than $157.4 million, and table games revenue was over $59.1 million. Thankfully for the PA gaming market (and tax revenue), online gaming channels have made up the difference.
PA sportsbooks eclipse $400 million in handle
PA sports betting has bounced back in a big way, with September offering a packed-full menu of sports. The total sports handle reached a new record of nearly $462.8 million, more than double September 2019, when the handle was just $194.5 million.
However, the taxable sports revenue figure for September 2020 was just below $6.3 million, which was 58% lower than a year ago, when it was nearly $14.9 million.
September’s handle was a whopping 26.8% increase over the previous record of $365 million set in August.
September online casino breakdown by PA operator
A complete breakdown of September revenue, including slots and table games by operator (online gaming license holder), can be found here:
|Casino Operator||Total Revenue||Slots Revenue||Table Games Revenue|
|Rivers Philly (SugarHouse & BetRivers)||$16.1 million||$14.4 million||$1.7 million|
|Penn National (DraftKings Casino)||$10.2 million||$4.6 million||$5.6 million|
|Valley Forge (FanDuel)||$9.1 million||$5.1 million||$4.0 million|
|Mt. Airy (PokerStars & Fox Bet)||$6.6 million||$2.7 million||$1.5 million|
|Parx Casino||$6.2 million||$5.2 million||$1.0 million|
|Penn National (Hollywood Casino)||$4.6 million||$4.2 million||$334,000|
|Mohegan Sun Pocono (Unibet)||$2.4 million||$2.0 million||$406,000|
|Harrah's Philly (Caesars)||$784,000||$748,000||$37,000|
|Wind Creek Casino||$562,000||$475,000||$88,000|
|Presque Isle Downs (BetAmerica)||$406,000||$333,000||$73,000|
|Live! Casino Philadelphia||$104,000||$89,000||$15,000|
|Totals:||$54.7 million||$39.9 million||$14.7 million|
Casino operators by the numbers
Five operators had total online casino revenue above $5 million.
Rivers Philly, which combines SugarHouse and BetRivers, topped $16 million, with $14.4 million revenue from slots.
Penn National/DraftKings topped $10 million in online revenue, with the twist that $5.6 million — or more than half — came from table games, which is not the norm. It was the first month since launch in early May that DraftKings Casino surpassed online casino FanDuel for revenue.
Valley Forge/FanDuel hit $9.1 million in online revenue.
Mount Airy, which includes PokerStars and Fox Bet, hit $6.6 million.
And Parx had $6.2 million in revenue.
Live! Casino Philadelphia, which is new, having opened online before having a casino built, trailed everyone else with just $104,000 in total revenue in its first full month in operation.
Lead image credit: AP Photo/Michael Conroy