Food-Themed Online Slots If You Still Have Room on Thanksgiving Day

No more turkey & still hungry for more? Here are some favorite food-themed online slots PA players can cash in on after Thanksgiving dinner!

Too much turkey? But still hungry for some slot action in the palm of your hands while waiting for your slice of the pie? PAOnlineCasino has some tasty tidbits offered by online casinos in Pennsylvania to keep you entertained before or after dessert. Here are some popular food-themed slots for PA online casino players to enjoy!

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BetMGM has the whole kitchen, well Hell’s Kitchen

At BetMGM, let’s start with the whole kitchen. Well, make that celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay‘s Hell’s Kitchen, which may describe many a kitchen in the throes of meal prep for dozen or more, some of whom look only vaguely familiar.

The slot title is a trusted NetEnt game based on Ramsay’s wildly popular kitchen contest TV show. It is a five-reel game with 20 ways to win, bright food visuals, and banter straight from the chef.

The return to player ratio is 96.07% and is a popular player favorite. The max payout is X1,000. Sadly, there are no Ramsay-branded restaurants in any of the Commonwealth’s casinos.

Big Piggy Bonus is a new game from Inspired Gaming and is quite popular. The RTP is 95%. But the max payout is X1,250, which explains its appeal. The game features a bright pink pig. Maybe it is supposed to be a bank, but I keep thinking ham.

If you are a traditionalist, there’s also Wild Turkey, another NetEnt title with a return to player of 96.6%, 20 paylines, and five reels. There is a tribe of turkeys at large, worshipping wild symbols and offering free spins.

On the sweet side, Sugar Surge and Donuts. But Incredible Technologies Sugar Surge’s RTP isn’t that sweet at just 94.25%, though. Donuts percentage is better at 96.5. Random Donut Boxes act as multipliers.

SugarHouse offers a spicy slot

At SugarHouse, Jumpin Jalapenos from Konami has 30 paylines and an RTP of 96.04%.

The game plays out in a Mexican village. There’s an angry bull, tacos, and a hot pepper eating contest on this penny slot.

A man in a sombrero is the wild symbol, and there are scatters and free spins. A big win triggers fireworks bursting on the screen. The max payout is a low X500.

Keeping with the non-traditional food play, SugarHouse also has Hey Sushi with a progressive jackpot created by Habanero. A crab is the game’s wild symbol and there is a sushi platter scatter. Max win is X1,304 and the RTP is 96.71%. There are five reels and 25 paylines, plus multipliers and free spins.

Unibet vamps it up with slot offering high RTP

Unibet has set the table with different sorts of food-themed slots. That is the bloody vampire-themed Blood Suckers slot from NetEnt.

There are five reels, three rows, and 25 fixed paylines and it has been around for more than a decade. Maybe that’s because the game has a leading RTP of 98%. Plus, there is haunting music and just a taste of creepiness, such as a male vampire chomping on a maiden’s neck. The max payout is X1,014.

Caesars is Rakin’ Bacon with this food-themed slot

Caesars has a tasty food title with Rakin’ Bacon. The game features fattening a pig until the porker explodes with a win. The RTP is 95.89%, there are five reels and 243 paylines, and a progressive jackpot.

And seeing the golden pig blow up is strangely entertaining.

FanDuel seals the meal with addictive Candy Bars

FanDuel closes out our food-themed slots quest with Candy Bars with five reels and 40 paylines. There are progressive jackpots in three sizes, scatters, wilds, and multipliers, but an RTP of just 94.89%.

The simple IGT game, a fixture in land-based casinos, is played by filling canisters with sweet treats. There are four reels and as many as 50 paylines, wilds, and upbeat music.

PA Crosses $1 Billion in Online Casino Revenue for 2021, Shatters Gaming Records in October

PA online casinos and sportsbooks broke records in October 2021, joining NJ as the first state to cross $1B in yearly iGaming revenue.

Gaming in Pennsylvania continues to recover from the worst of the pandemic. In fact, it is still growing like gangbusters, October revenue numbers released by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) show.

October was a month of revenue records, for sports betting and online casinos.

PA gaming revenue has a record-setting October

PA crossed into the $1 billion stratosphere for iGaming revenue in a single year. And it did it the same month that New Jersey accomplished the same feat.

Sports wagering handle last month was staggering, nearly $776.3 million. That’s the highest to date. That easily beats the former record of $615.3 million total set in January 2021 by an impressive $161.1 million.

Total gaming and fantasy revenue (AGR) last month was $425.9 million, an increase of 33% compared to revenue in October 2020 when it was $320.2 million. The figure from this October is an all-time monthly revenue high.

Keep in mind there were more than 9,100 fewer retail slots in operation a year ago.

Retail table games set a record of just more than $89 million, a 41% increase year-over-year. That was also the single highest month ever, besting the July 2021 figure of  $86.9 million.

Performance, however, remained uneven from property to property. That was especially so in the online casino segment with one big winnerHollywood at Penn National and its affiliated brands – and three clear losers.

We take a closer look at the key numbers for continuing strong online casino performance and record-setting sports betting numbers.

Online casinos set new record, surpass $1B yearly revenue

Casino games available online generated gross revenue of $117 million during October 2021, increasing 58.7% compared to October 2020, when revenue was $73.7 million.

That’s a new high.

The tax revenue generated from internet casino play in October was $43.3 million.

So far this year, iGaming has generated just over $1 billion in revenue and $1.8 billion over its lifetime.

There are some clear winners and losers here, with the top three operators (making up 9 of 17 online brands) making up around 80% of market share.

LicenseeOnline Brand(s)Total RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games RevenuePoker Revenue
Hollywood Penn NationalHollywood | DraftKings | BetMGM | Barstool$44,444,677$30,388,315$13,753,252$303,110
Rivers PhiladelphiaSugarHouse | BetRivers | Borgata$31,025,369$27,509,521$3,407,780$108,068
Valley ForgeFanDuel | Stardust$19,570,740$11,441,383$8,129,357$0
Mount AiryPokerStars$7,330,911$3,959,319$1,515,758$1,855,834
ParxParx$4,589,775$3,849,743$740,033$0
Harrah's PhiladelphiaCaesars$3,185,474$2,055,915$542,248$587,311
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet$2,446,901$1,991,867$455,034$0
Wind CreekWind Creek$1,861,652$1,669,670$191,982$0
Presque IsleTwinSpires$1,427,382$1,055,154$372,228$0
Live PhiladelphiaPlayLive | Betway$1,156,567$948,356$208,211$0
Total$117,039,448$84,869,243$29,315,882$2,854,323

Sports betting revenue sets new high

Helped by five NFL weekends and the start of NBA season, PA had its best-ever month for handle three years into legal sports betting. Also, with about half of all sports betting revenue and handle in PA coming in 2021, the segment is still gaining steam.

Sports revenue so far this year is more than $382.6 million with lifetime revenue at nearly $766.8 million.

Valley Forge Casino Resort, allied with FanDuel Sportsbook, had a total handle of $275.4 million with online revenue of $19.3 million. Their retail revenue added $566K.

Penn National’s Meadows Casino, partnered with DraftKings Sportsbook online, had a handle of $204.1 million, with online revenue of $9.6 million and total sports revenue of $9.8 million.

Land-based retail casinos fully recovered

In October, retail slot revenue was more than $203.3 million, up from $154.7 million a year ago.

Retail table revenue topped $89 million. A year back, table revenue was $63.3 million.

Penn National brands continue to suck up online casino market share

The dominant winner in the online casino segment was Hollywood Casino at Penn National Gaming, with $44.4 million in iGaming revenue. Its brands include DraftKings, BetMGM and Barstool.

But Mount Airy Casino, Parx Casino and Mohegan Sun Pocono were down double-digit percentages year over year in the online casino sector.

Lead image via Shutterstock.

Cordish “Skeptical” About iGaming But Is A Fan Of Online Sports Betting

Cordish says CPA for iGaming is too expensive and no one is making money. Online sports betting drives positive growth to retail casinos.

David Cordish, chairman and CEO of the Cordish Companies, perked up the audience of the East Coast Gaming Congress with an old-school throwdown about iGaming and physical casinos.

He even quickly invoked the memory of his late friend in gambling, Sheldon Adelson, leader of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, who adamantly opposed online gambling.

“I’m skeptical,” said Cordish about iGaming, at the beginning of his 20-minute speech.

Cordish says “no one is making money” on iGaming

He quickly added he does not feel the same way about online sports betting. He sees sports betting apps as a positive for driving growth in physical casinos, Cordish’s heaviest investment. The 81-year-old third-generation leader of the Baltimore-based development company had just spent two days at his Live! Philadelphia Casino before coming to the Atlantic City conference.

Cordish said online casinos lack the social aspects of visiting a casino or even of online betting on sports. People who wager on sports betting apps become cross-over customers who come to retail sportsbooks, in his view, bolstered by research.

“iGaming is expensive. No one is making any money,” because of the cost of acquiring customers, said Cordish.

“iGaming lacks a social aspect,” he said, meaning it does not easily add to play in physical casinos.

On the other hand, Cordish commented, online sports betting is “the point of the spear” for attracting new customers and converting them to loyal casino customers.

“Brick-and-mortar have to very be careful how far we take iGaming,” cautioned Cordish.

Cordish “thoughtful and provocative”

Michael Pollock, whose company Spectrum Gaming Group has for 24 years hosted the Atlantic City-based gaming conference, later called Cordish’s comments “thoughtful and provocative.”

Pollock said states “should take David’s comments into consideration as they weigh what gambling options to offer.” Spectrum consults with governments and gaming companies.

But iGaming works only with linkage and a robust database, he added.

“Absent linkage, they won’t capture the full benefit of iGaming,” Pollock continued.

“There is a wide opportunity to translate them into revenue streams. It is not an either/or situation. States will make their own decisions,” said Pollock on when they are properly marketed together.

Competing against Amazon not a fair fight

Cordish made it clear he believes he can strongly compete when it comes to brick-and-mortar casinos. But that it may not apply to online casinos, where a colossal database overwhelms building a social customer experience.

“There is a limited universe in brick-and-mortar casinos,” he said, while the internet means an infinite field of competition.

He added that the taxes brick-and-mortar casinos pay means casinos “make friends by paying taxes” in their host locations.

Cordish coupled his reluctance about online casinos with the likelihood of tech giants eventually becoming competitors for online gambling dollars.

Tech giants such as Amazon, with its vast database “in the ether,” as opposed to anchored and operating in brick-and-mortar gambling operations, would not be a fair fight, Cordish’s view.

Gambling ads cause alarm

Chris Rogers, the chief strategy officer for Penn National Gaming, warned that the online gambling market must be better about self-regulating advertising in another portion of the conference. Otherwise, he said the US could soon face the imposition of restrictions that have swept like a tidal wave over European betting markets.

Bill Miller, the president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, gave an upbeat keynote address, beginning by saying the in-person meeting “beats the hell out of a Zoom call.”

He said the industry is “roaring back” from COVID-19 restrictions and is on a “record pace to beat 2019, the best year on record.” Miller added technology will soon replace cash at most casinos, leaving cash transactions to “flea markets and garage sales.”

But Miller, too, sounded a note of caution when it comes to sports betting. He cited over expansion and a “saturation” of advertising in that segment.

“We know what sports betting looks like when it goes wrong,” he said.

Miller cautioned that “building sustainability” should be the aim in the sports betting segment. He also told the audience they must focus attention on the unlicensed grey market of gambling machines.

“We need everyone to work on this,” he said.

Lead image: David Cordish in 2012/Brian Witte AP

Second Best Month for PA Online Casinos As Revenue Tops $111 Million in September

Near-record revenue for PA online casinos helped spur another $400M-plus gaming revenue month in September.

Gaming is fully back in Pennsylvania, according to September revenue numbers.

And while casino properties have staged a recovery, the online play remains a huge revenue stream driver despite the reopening of physical properties, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) figures show.

Online casinos (including online slotsonline table games, and poker sites) produced $111.8 million in gross gaming revenue in September. That’s the second-most ever and seventh month in a row with gross gaming revenue above $100 million.

The monthly record of $113.8 million was set in May.

Total gaming revenue from all sources was up 45.58% year-over-year, from $285.5 million a year ago to $415.6 million this September.

Retail revenue

Retail remains huge, with $199.9 million in September slot revenue, up from $157.4 million a year back and table revenue at $84 million, up from $59.1 million.

Operators have seen online and retail work together when tied to brands and reward card offers.

Online gaming revenue

September iGaming revenue represented a 61.3% increase from a year ago when revenue was $69.4 million. It was also up 8.4% over August’s $103.2 million.

The online win (AGR) for September came in at $97.8 million of taxable revenue, yielding $41.7 million in state and local taxes.

Online casino and poker sites generated $3.7 million in gross gaming revenue a day over the 30 days of September. That’s up from $3.3 million per day in August.

Poker revenue from four sites up year-over-year

Poker by itself accounted for $2.9 million from the four sites with Mount Airy’s PokerStars still dominating with $1.9 million in revenue.

Following poker sites were:

  • WSOP.com (Harrah’s Philadelphia): $603,466
  • BetMGM (Hollywood Casino Grantville): $270,816
  • Borgata (Rivers Philadelphia): $93,775

A year ago, poker accounted for about $2.4 million from just PokerStars.

PA online casino operator revenue in September 2021

LicenseeOnline Brand(s)Total RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games RevenuePoker Revenue
Hollywood Penn NationalHollywood | DraftKings | BetMGM | Barstool$42,992,653$28,998,279$13,723,557$270,816
Rivers PhiladelphiaSugarHouse | BetRivers | Borgata$31,110,443$27,335,188$3,681,480$93,775
Valley ForgeFanDuel | Stardust$16,714,794$10,738,251$5,976,544$0
Mount AiryPokerStars$7,259,334$4,127,699$1,174,848$1,956,788
ParxParx$4,135,579$3,711,302$424,277$0
Harrah's PhiladelphiaCaesars$3,027,604$1,968,673$455,465$603,466
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet$2,526,517$2,286,049$240,468$0
Wind CreekWind Creek$1,954,257$1,774,073$180,184$0
Presque IsleTwinSpires$1,261,785$886,935$374,850$0
Live PhiladelphiaPlayLive | Betway$962,615$851,029$111,586$0
Total$111,945,582$82,677,476$26,343,260$2,924,846

Penn National and Rivers Philadelphia remain atop the online revenue leaderboard

Penn National and its iGaming brands – DraftKings, BetMGM, Barstool, and Hollywood casinos – dominated with $43 million in gross revenue.

Rivers Philadelphia – with SugarHouse, Borgata, and BetRivers – remained in the second position with $31.1 million.

Sports wagering

Overall, the sports wagering handle for September 2021 was $527.4 million

The total sports handle the year before was nearly $462.8 million, and that was more than double September 2019, when the handle was just $194.5 million.

The taxable sports wagering revenue figure for September 2021 was $28.2 million, or 351% higher than the September 2020 taxable revenue of $6.2 million.

This September, FanDuel Sportsbook (via Valley Forge Casino) accounted for nearly 35 percent of the handle or $183.6 million. FanDuel also had the highest hold percentage at 11.6% with revenue of $21.2 million.

The average hold across the board among 13 operators was 7.8%. Promo spending remained large at $19.6 million, with FanDuel/Valley Forge giving away $7.2 million.

State and local taxes from sports betting for September were $7.5 million.

VGTs up and fantasy flat

Four operators of 295 video gaming terminals or VGTs were up about $1 million from a year ago.

This Sept. VGT revenue was $3.4 million led by nearly $2.2 million from Penn National’s Marquee. It was just under $2.4 million in 2020.

Fantasy contests were flat year-over-year at about $3.2 million.

Lead image via Dreamstime. 

August Online Casino Revenue Jumps 59% Year-Over-Year With Penn National and Rivers Leading

PA online casinos and poker sites combined for over $100 million in gross gaming revenue for the sixth month straight in August.

Gaming, with a few exceptions, appears recovered from the pandemic in Pennsylvania, though there are quirks with individual operators. And online play remains a significant revenue stream despite the reopening of physical casinos.

In August, the gross gaming revenue for iGaming, which is online slots and online table games combined with online poker, was more than $103.2 million, the sixth straight month above $100 million. GGR was quite steady month-over-month, down just 1.2% from $104.5 million in July.

Taxable iGaming revenue for August ($88.7 million) was up a whopping 58.6%, from $55.9 million last August, according to figures from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).

The online record of $111.6 million was set in March.

Gaming landscape in PA has changed

It has been a year of change, and not just because of the virus.

There are three additional brick-and-mortar casinos this year: Live! Philadelphia, Live! Pittsburgh and Hollywood Casino York

All land-based casinos are fully back, though some have staffing issues left from the pandemic.

And there are now 17 PA online casinos and four online poker sites, which seems to say online wagering is not just a phase. Online has increasingly tilted to slots so far this year, with an upwards swing of about 10 percent of overall iGaming revenue just this year.

Online Slots, Table games, and Poker Revenue in 2021

That might partially explain why four land-based casinos have asked the PGCB to allow them to remove more than 1,200 slot machines from casino floors. Though the unfettered proliferation of unregulated gambling machines outside casinos likely also plays a role.

Total revenue up 31 percent in a year

Total combined taxable gaming revenue in PA during August 2021 was just above $408 million.

That represents an increase of over 31% over total revenue for last August when it was just under $310.1 million.

Keep in mind there are three additional brick-and-mortar casinos this year, with Hollywood York being open for 20 days during August 2021.

Two companies dominated online casinos: Penn National and Rivers Philly

Betting on online casino games remained brisk, hitting $3.2 billion in August, about even with July.

Online casinos and online poker generated $3.3 million in gross gaming revenue per day over the 31 days of August, narrowly down from $3.4 million per day in July.

Online slots accounted for $80.8 million of the total revenue online, while online table games tallied another $19.2 million.

Just two companies together accounted for nearly two-thirds – 64% – of the iGaming market revenue.

Penn National and their brands Hollywood, DraftKings, and BetMGM dominated with 34% of the iGaming market, followed by Rivers Philadelphia, with brands SugarHouse, BetRivers, and Borgata combining for 29.8% of the market.

Together the two accounted for nearly $26.9 million in state and local taxes from iGaming out of the total tax paid of almost $39.4 million.

In August, the two were the tops for giving away promotional play, more than $4.6 million Hollywood Penn National and nearly $3.7 million for Rivers Philly. Total promo play in August was $14.5 million.

Online poker

Online poker at four properties combined for revenue of nearly $3.2 million in August, up from $2.6 million in July.

Mount Airy‘s Poker Stars took in more than $1.9 million, Harrah’s (WSOP.com) accounted for $819,249, Hollywood (BetMGM) collected $345,983, and Rivers Philadelphia (Borgata) kicked in $117,440.

It was the first full month for WSOP PA, which also hosted the first-ever online bracelet series for PA players during August.

PA online casino operator revenue in August 2021

LicenseeOnline Brand(s)Total RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games RevenuePoker Revenue
Hollywood Penn NationalHollywood | DraftKings | BetMGM | Barstool$35,093,596$27,860,328$6,887,285$345,983
Rivers PhiladelphiaSugarHouse | BetRivers | Borgata$30,796,907$26,946,890$3,732,578$117,440
Valley ForgeFanDuel | Stardust$15,274,431$9,920,857$5,353,575$0
Mount AiryPokerStars$7,548,670$4,415,359$1,218,991$1,914,320
ParxParx$4,118,526$3,631,875$486,650$0
Harrah's PhiladelphiaCaesars$3,038,942$1,997,924$221,769$819,249
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet$2,409,303$2,057,488$351,816$0
Wind CreekWind Creek$1,753,565$1,580,717$172,849$0
Live PhiladelphiaPlayLive | Betway$1,648,126$1,373,312$274,814$0
Presque IsleTwinSpires$1,563,500$1,061,280$502,220$0
Total$103,245,566$80,846,027$19,202,547$3,196,992

Sports wagering gets an August bump

The taxable revenue from August 2021 for overall sports betting was $18 million, compared to $18.2 million in August of last year, a decrease of 1.5%, PGCB figures show. GGR was $25.3 million in August.

The total sports wagering handle was $348.5 million, a 14% increase from July. Valley Forge (FanDuel Sportsbook) accounted for $137.3 million and The Meadows (DraftKings Sportsbook) brought in $81.3 million. The two together owned nearly two-thirds (62.7%) of the market. The Meadows was up nearly 419%.

Online sports betting dwarfed retail sports wagering, with August online revenue $22 million and retail revenue just $3.3 million.

VGTs and fantasy

Four operators of video gaming terminals or VGTs had total August revenue of more than $3.6 million from 290 machines at 58 locations, according to the PGCB.

Fantasy sports continued a long decline, down more than 24.5% from a year ago, with August revenue of just $1.6 million, down from $2.1 million 12 months ago. But it was about a $100K increase from July.

Lead image via Dreamstime.

Record July for PA Gaming Marked by Another $100 Million-Plus Month for Online Casinos

Another record month for PA gaming revenue is highlighted by a fifth straight month of online casino revenue over $100 million.

Pennsylvania’s new fiscal year began with a bang for PA online casino revenue, bringing in more than $100 million in gross revenue for the fifth straight month.

The state’s iGaming gross revenue for July was more than $104.5 million, down slightly from $110.7 million in June and the record $111.6 million from March.

Taxable online casino revenue jumped 63% compared to July 2020. The increase for overall taxable gaming revenue from July 2020 when some virus closures and restrictions persisted was a walloping increase of 49.7% year-over-year. Compared to July 2019, overall gaming revenue increased 51% in July 2021.

PA online gaming crosses $500 million in taxes for PA

Of the total revenue in July, $79.1 million came from online slot games, $22.9 million from online table games, and nearly $2.6 million from poker.

Slots accounted for the majority of the monthly increase, up from $72.4 million in June. Table games online were down from $26 million in June. Poker saw a small uptick from $2.4 million in June.

But online poker was down by 13.1% compared to a year ago, despite more sites to choose from now.

Tax revenue from iGaming in July was $38.2 million. In the two years since they launched, the Keystone State’s online casinos and online poker options have brought in $508.1 million in state and local taxes.

FY 2021/22 begins with strong July revenue numbers overall

Total revenue in July 2021 generated from all forms of gaming regulated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board including fantasy contests was more than $423.6 million – a new record.

Land-based casino games continued their recovery from the height of the pandemic with monthly table games achieving a record for revenue and monthly slot machine revenue placing 4th all-time.

But recovery for brick-and-mortar casinos was uneven according to the PGCB figures.

Rivers Pittsburgh (102.6%), Rivers Philadelphia (100.5%), Hollywood Casino at Penn National (92.3%), and Valley Forge Casino (86.0%) had the biggest bounce-backs. Note that Rivers Pittsburgh was closed for seven days in July 2020 and Rivers Philadelphia was closed for 16 days that month.

On the other hand, Harrah’s Philadelphia saw a decrease of just more than 29%, and Mount Airy Casino (-7.3%) and Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin (-4.5%) were also down, though only by a small percentage.

Other gambling verticals also up

The video gaming terminal segment was up more than 80% and daily fantasy sports revenue was up nearly 70%.

Sports wagering stayed strong with taxable revenue during July 2021 for sports wagering at more than $19.8 million compared to just more than $8.1 million last July. That’s an increase of 144%. Online sports wagering accounted for more than $17.1 million. FanDuel Sportsbook, under Valley Forge Casino, remains the clear leader in handle and revenue.

PA online casino operator revenue in July 2021

LicenseeOnline Brand(s)Total RevenueMkt. %Slots RevenueTable Games RevenuePoker Revenue
Hollywood Penn NationalHollywood | DraftKings | BetMGM | Barstool$36,873,37134.0%$27,869,397$8,713,391$290,583
Rivers PhiladelphiaSugarHouse | BetRivers | Borgata$30,919,66329.8%$26,674,205$4,160,848$84,611
Valley ForgeFanDuel | Stardust$15,284,24214.8%$8,289,812$6,994,430$0
Mount AiryPokerStars$7,178,6277.3%$3,930,394$1,268,700$1,979,533
ParxParx$5,004,8884.0%$4,624,029$380,859$0
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet$2,885,6552.9%$2,431,628$454,027$0
Harrah's PhiladelphiaCaesars$2,091,4272.3%$1,551,338$298,397$241,691
Wind CreekWind Creek$1,991,1961.7%$1,790,077$201,120$0
Presque IsleTwinSpires$1,244,7821.6%$1,118,069$126,713$0
Live PhiladelphiaPlayLive | Betway$1,065,4651.3%$804,838$260,627$0
Total$104,539,316$79,083,787$22,859,110$2,596,418

Online revenue leaders in July with Penn National at the top

Penn National’s Hollywood Casino with Hollywood, DraftKings, BetMGM, and Barstool brands continued dominance in PA with aggregate online revenue topping $36.8 million. More than $27.9 million came from slots, $8.7 million from table games, and nearly $291K from poker.

Rivers with the brands SugarHouse, BetRivers, and Borgata was a strong second online at nearly $31 million. Online slots accounted for $26.7 million. Table games kicked in $4.2 million. Poker anted up nearly $85K.

Valley Forge rounded out the top three with $15.3 million in total online revenue via FanDuel and StarDust. Slots accounted for about $8.3 million while table games added nearly $7.0 million.

Lead image credit: AP Photo/David Goldman

Here to Stay: PA Online Casinos Finish Strong in Record Revenue Year Led By Penn National

June 2021 wrapped up a record year for Pennsylvania gambling, led by a strong and steady PA online casino market, led by Penn’s brands.

PA online casinos just closed a fiscal year for the record books with yet another $100 million-plus month. June’s Pennsylvania iGaming gross revenue topped out at nearly $100.9 million.

Of the total revenue last month, more than $72.4 million came from slot games, more than $26.0 million from online table games, and more than $2.4 million from poker. In June the year before, gross revenue was just more than $50 million.

FY 2020/21 revenue for PA online casinos, poker

And FY 2020/21 revenue from iGaming was more than $897.2 million AGR (adjusted gross revenue), a 272.5% increase in revenue when compared to the nearly $240.9 million generated in the previous fiscal year, the first year for online casino gambling in the state. iGaming began in PA just two years ago.

The fiscal year was marked by a remarkable succession of new online gambling records.

The overall 2020/21 FY revenue for all gambling combined in the Commonwealth reached a record $3.875 billion.

The previous FY high revenue was during 2018/2019 when revenue topped slightly more than $3.3 billion.

Overall revenue was supercharged this past year by galloping growth in sports betting and especially iGaming. Video gaming terminals (VGT) and daily fantasy contests also contributed.

Together, those four markets accounted for almost 33% of the total revenue achieved in FY 2020/2021 but online casinos led them all.

COVID hurt traditional gaming revenue, but online alternatives flourished

The year-over-year increase in revenue number is especially significant given casino shutdowns and other factors related to Covid-19 restrictions.

Casinos in PA were closed for three months in the second quarter of 2020 affecting slot machines, table games, VGTs, and retail sports wagering revenue. There was also the stoppage of major sporting events, aside from a few exceptions.

VGTs also bounced back. FY 2020/21 revenue for the machines was more than $31.3 million, a 361% increase over the previous year when revenue was just $6.8 million.

The truck stop gambling devices appeared in August 2019 and just 28 locations were approved by the end of their first fiscal year. Now there are 49 locations, each with five machines, or 245 total.

Other FY 2020/21 takeaways

Penn National was the leading operator over the past fiscal year.

In order following PNG were: Rivers Casino Philadelphia, Valley Forge Casino Resort, MountAiry Casino Resort, and Parx Casino.

There are now 17 different online casinos in PA, the most recent being Betway online casino. It operates under the Live! Casino Philadelphia license. Stardust Casino went live in April, following Borgata Casino‘s launch in February. Barstool Sports is also in the mix with an online casino as of early May.

PA online poker finally has a choice of operators in addition to Mount Airy‘s PokerStars PA, but instead of expanding the revenue base, the new operators are just chopping up the pot. Poker revenue plateaued last fiscal year. Poker revenue dropped 25.4% in June 2021 compared to a year ago when traditional casinos (and poker rooms) were shuttered.

PA strong among iGaming states during 2020/21

In February, newly launched Michigan became the second-largest casino gambling market, with PA dropping to third and New Jersey still firmly at the top.

In June, the top three states by GGR were:

  • New Jersey: $107.1 million
  • Pennsylvania: $100.8 million
  • Michigan: $89.2 million

Live dealer games launched in October, 2020 via Evolution Gaming and additional live dealer options joined the market in the following months.

PA sportsbooks set a record in FY 2020/2021 with $5.6 billion in handle and $440.6 million in revenue. More than 90% of wagers come online. That percentage increased despite lifting virus restrictions.

PA online casino operator revenue in June 2021

LicenseeOnline Brand(s)Total RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games RevenuePoker Revenue
Hollywood Penn NationalHollywood | DraftKings | BetMGM | Barstool$37,205,093$24,617,083$12,262,772$325,238
Rivers PhiladelphiaSugarHouse | BetRivers | Borgata$27,288,552$23,661,852$3,547,674$79,026
Valley ForgeFanDuel | Stardust$15,940,154$8,854,671$7,085,483$0
Mount AiryPokerStars$7,981,005$4,829,600$1,137,990$2,013,415
ParxParx$4,584,732$3,971,747$612,984$0
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet$2,545,316$2,210,851$334,465$0
Harrah's PhiladelphiaCaesars$2,063,528$1,669,249$394,278$0
Wind CreekWind Creek$1,756,513$1,619,915$136,598$0
Live PhiladelphiaPlayLive | Betway$905,895$820,849$85,046$0
Presque IsleTwinSpires$607,287$158,670$448,617$0
Total$100,878,074$72,414,488$26,045,907$2,417,679

Penn National still king of PA online gambling space

Penn National’s online gaming brands Hollywood CasinoDraftKings Casino, and BetMGM PA Casino continued to dominate in June. They combined for more than $37.2 million in online revenue.

Of that, slot revenue was $24.6 million, tables revenue $12.2 million, and poker (BetMGM online poker site) more than $325K.

Rivers Philadelphia second, Valley Forge (fueled by FanDuel) in third

Gross online gaming revenue for Rivers Philadelphia, including online brands SugarHouseBetRivers Casino, and Borgata Poker, was $27.3 million.

Online slot revenue was $23.6 million, table revenue $3.5 million and online poker less than $80K.

Valley Forge Casino and its FanDuel PA Casino and Stardust skins had gross online gaming revenue of more than $15.9 million.

VF revenue was closely split between online slots and online table games.

Mount Airy a distant fourth, but poker leader

Mount Airy had nearly $8 million in June online revenue, but its slots revenue was just $4.9 million and table games totaled $1.1 million.

They remain the poker leader with PokerStars PA bringing in more than $2 million in June 2021. BetMGM/Borgata Poker sites aren’t threatening seriously yet, but time will tell if the recently launched WSOP PA site can make a run at No. 1.

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Near Record May for PA Online Casinos as Revenue Tops $100 Million Yet Again

PA online casino revenue hit a near-record $110.7 million in May 2021, led by Penn National and Rivers Philadelphia iGaming brands.

May was a near record-breaking month for Pennsylvania iGaming, including online slots, table games, and poker. PA online casino gross gaming revenue (GGR) was just more than $110.7 million for the month, according to revenue reports from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The total fell just shy of the record $111.6 million set in March, and just above April’s $105.4 million figure.

Online slot revenue was more than $76.7 million in May, and online table games accounted for nearly $31.4 million.

Tax revenue generated from internet gaming during this May was $41.7 million, according to the PGCB.

Poker makes a tiny gain despite first full month with three operators

Pennsylvania online poker had just Mount Airy‘s PokerStars PA for much of its history. Still, even with two more operators during the entire month of May, revenue barely nudged up from $2.4 million in April to $2.6 million in May.

Longtime provider PokerStars PA lost a little ground to the new guys, dropping to just more than $2.2 million in May from $2.3 million in April. But it remains solidly in the revenue lead.

Hollywood Casino Grantville’s BetMGM Poker added $279K to the pot, while Borgata Poker, aligned with Rivers Philadelphia, added just $67K.

The numbers show online poker interest – and revenue – in PA has plateaued, down more than 50% since the robust play the game experienced a year ago when COVID-19 restrictions kept players out of brick-and-mortar casino poker rooms.

Revenue beyond online casino and poker

Sources of all gaming revenue regulated by the PGCB include slot machines, table games, internet gaming, sports wagering, fantasy contests, and VGTs.

The combined total revenue in May 2021 generated from all forms of gaming and fantasy contests was more than $413.1 million.

Total tax revenue before any adjustments was $169.3 million.

PA sports betting dips in May 2021, but surpasses $5B in handle for the fiscal year

PA sports bettors wagered $447.5 million in May, according to figures released by the PGCB. That’s a 6% decrease in handle since April.

But PA sportsbooks reported $37.4 million in revenue, a $1.4 million increase from the previous month. Bets were made largely through online sports betting apps.

April numbers pushed Pennsylvania sportsbooks over the $5 billion mark in wagers in the fiscal year with one month left to go.

PA online casino operator revenue in May 2021

LicenseeOnline Brand(s)Total RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games RevenuePoker Revenue
HollywoodHollywood | DraftKings | BetMGM$43,471,799$27,521,047$15,671,987$278,765
Rivers PhiladelphiaSugarHouse | BetRivers | Borgata$30,704,877$26,773,912$3,863,711$67,254
Valley ForgeFanDuel | Stardust$17,567,289$8,803,243$8,764,046--
Mount AiryPokerStars$8,617,943$4,790,479$1,570,054$2,257,411
ParxParx$5,179,401$4,768,164$411,237--
Mohegan SunUnibet$2,360,658$2,017,391$343,268--
Harrah'sCaesars$2,056,429$1,658,806$397,624--
Presque IsleTwinSpires$989,068$760,907$228,161--
Live PhiladelphiaPlayLive$856,670$809,279$47,391--
Wind CreekWind Creek-$1,034,051-$1,135,972$101,921--
Total$110,770,084$76,767,256$31,399,399$2,603,430

Penn National’s Hollywood still dominates in the online gaming space

Hollywood’s online gaming brands Hollywood CasinoDraftKings Casino, and BetMGM PA Casino, continued to dominate, combining for more than $43.4 million from iGaming. That again makes them the leader among 13 online casinos live during May. In PA, each land-based iGaming license holder can partner with up to three “skins” or online casino brands.

The PA-based company topped slots revenue with $27.5 million, up from $24.4 million the previous month. They also dominated in online table games, grabbing $15.6 million in revenue.

Poker chipped in nearly $279K in its first full month of having BetMGM Poker PA live.

Rivers Philadelphia in the second position

Gross online gaming revenue for Rivers Philadelphia, including SugarHouseBetRivers Casino, and Borgata Poker, crept up to $30.7 million, a smidge above April’s $30.4 million.

For online slots, revenue was nearly $26.8 million and $3.8 million for online table games.

Valley Forge, fueled by FanDuel, in third

Valley Forge Casino and their FanDuel PA Casino skin had gross online gaming revenue of more than $17.5 million, a nice bump up from almost $16 million the previous month.

As in previous months, the revenue was nearly evenly split between online slots and online table games.

Mount Airy fourth

Mount Airy’s PokerStars had total online revenue of $8.6 million, off about $500,00 from April. They still account for the majority of poker revenue, with more than $2.2 million.

Wind Creek reportedly lost more than $1M in online slot play

Live! Philadelphia, the Cordish Companies‘ marquee PA casino, is still lagging in revenue with just $857K for the newest online player, live since last August. Slot revenue was just $809K in April, and table revenue was a tiny $47K, dead last.

But that beat the reported revenue for Wind Creek, which was reportedly negative more than $1 million.

According to PGCB figures, they lost more than $1.1 on their slots. They were on the plus side for table games with $102K. But that still put them in second to last in the tables category.

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Latest Updates On PA Mini-Casinos: One Down, Four To Go

Pennsylvania will eventually be home to five mini-casinos, with only Live! Pittsburgh open so far. Here’s where the other projects stand.

Mini-casinos are the shiny new things in Pennsylvania for retail gambling. But not a new concept.

Plans for satellite casinos have kicked about for three years, ushered in by a gaming expansion plan passed in 2017. But it took another year to even start taking bids.

And then there were bumps and pauses along the way.

Plans for 10 PA mini-casinos, but reality is just five

PA lawmakers intent on adding more revenue initially had dreams of adding 10 sparkly new mini-casino sites.

That didn’t work out as planned. There were fits and starts. Just five satellites is the market reality.

That’s because over the auction process, interest waned among qualified buyers for shelling out millions simply for the rights to buy a license for a second-tier location.

Eventually, five licenses went out. Mt. Airy Casino had a winning bid of $21,888,888.88. They were later denied the license for a lack of financing, and got 75% of the bid back. One last auction for the freed-up license took place last September.

Collectively, bids for mini licenses raised nearly $121.3 million. That figure does not include ongoing fees and eventual income revenue.

But only one mini is open to date, though three will be operating by the end of 2021.

PA State Income From Mini-Casino Auctions

Parent CasinoBid AmountLocation
Hollywood Casino$50,100,000York in York County
Live! Casino Pittsburgh (Stadium Casino LLC)$40,100,005Greensburg in Westmoreland County
Parx Casino$8,111,000Shippensburg in Cumberland County
Hollywood Morgantown$7,500,003Morgantown in Berks County
Bally's Casino$10,000,101Unionville in Centre County
Mount Airy Casino Pittsburgh (license application denied) $21,888,888.88 (Lost $5,472,222.22)Beaver County (Western PA)

The PA mini-casino lineup

Here’s the satellite casino lineup:

  • Live! Casino Pittsburgh opened last November in a suburb of the ‘burgh. It is a mall rehab.
  • Another mini is opening in August. Hollywood York, another mall rehab, opens in a York suburb in August.
  • Hollywood Morgantown should open in November.
  • Bally’s mini-casino near State College is in the early planning stage and could open in late 2022. It is also a mall rehab. It is the license freed up by Mt. Airy’s stumble. Cordish, Live! Philadelphia Casino’s parent company, lost out in the bidding.
  • Parx Casino Shippensburg is also likely to open in 2022, but earlier than Bally’s with its planning further along. The planned rehab of a stand-alone big box store, a former Lowe’s, is relatively simple.

Next, we look at the details of each.

Live! Casino Pittsburgh

Live! Casino Pittsburgh was the first mini to open, back last November. It opened a few months before the full-sized Live! Casino Philadelphia. Parent Cordish Companies introduced its online product, PlayLive! last August. All have a shared Live! rewards card.

The location was the first to reimagine vacant mall space for gaming.

Investment in the rehab was $150 million.

There are more than 100,000 square feet of gaming, dining and entertainment space, along with 750 slots and approximately 30 table games.

The suburban casino has more than 6,000 parking spaces. Sports bettors have a FanDuel-branded retail sportsbook.

Annual economic impact is projected at $188 million. Annual taxes will likely be about $47.5 million. Live! should provide about 500 permanent new jobs.

Hollywood York

Penn National’s mini at a rehabbed mall space in suburban York is set for an August opening.

A sportsbook, casual dining, bar, entertainment facilities, slots – up to 750 – are allowed, and 24 to 40 table games are planned for the 80,000-square-foot facility, projected initially to cost $120 million before the virus delay.

Penn National, the parent company, had to halt construction, both because of virus restrictions and also due to revenue woes, delaying work there and at a sister mini-site in Morgantown. Work resumed in November 2020.

A Barstool Sportsbook and Bar with “interactive experiences” is planned. Hollywood Casino York will offer mychoice loyalty program, rewarding online play at HollywoodCasino.com, Barstool Sportsbook and online casino, and land-based play at York and other mychoice properties.

Hollywood Morgantown

A brick-and-mortar ground-up casino is coming to the side of the PA Turnpike at the Morgantown exit, likely in November.

Up to 750 slot machines, 30 table games, a betting lounge, a restaurant and food outlets, and an entertainment lounge on a 36-acre lot are planned. The location is about half the way between Philadelphia and Harrisburg.

They partnered early with BetMGM PA for their online sportsbook. Hollywood Casino Granville already has three PA online casino skins its iGaming license.

Bally’s State College and Parx Shippensburg

These two properties, Bally’s State College and Parx Shippensburg, are early in the planning stage.

Shippensburg had a public input hearing on the campus of Shippensburg University on May 20. A vacant Shippensburg Lowe’s is the target location for Parx.

Bally’s has yet to hold a required public hearing.

But they hope casino construction will begin during the first half of 2021 and work should take a year. The casino should have up to 750 slot machines and 30 table games.

Bally’s plans a retail sportsbook as well as a Bally’s online casino and PA online sportsbook.

But details are pending for both locations.

PA Online Casinos Shine Bright In April With Another $100M Plus Revenue Month

PA online casinos combined for over $100 million in gross gaming revenue for the second month straight in April, led by Penn brands.

Pennsylvania online casino gross gaming revenue declined 5.5% from March to April, according to monthly revenue reports from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

March GGR for online casino games and online poker was more than $111.6 million, but the April figure was just more than $105.4 million.

Online slots revenue was more than $75.4 million, and online table games accounted for nearly $27.7 million.

Tax revenue generated from internet gaming during this April was $38.6 million, according to the PGCB.

PA poker has additional operators

PA online poker, which has been a one-trick pony with just Mount Airy‘s PokerStars, now has additional operators. Longtime provider PokerStars pulled in more than $2.3 million of poker’s total $2.4 million in April.

The new PA Borgata Poker (through Rivers Philadelphia) and BetMGM Poker (aligned with Hollywood Casino) were only live for two days in April.

Poker revenue has mostly plateaued in PA and dropped nearly 55% from a year ago when all brick-and-mortar casinos were shuttered due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Overall PA gaming at record highs

Sources of gaming revenue regulated by the PGCB include slot machines, table games, internet gaming, sports wagering, fantasy contests, and VGTs.

PA sportsbooks had a handle of $479 million and $36 million in revenue. Compared to March, handle decreased 14.4% and revenue dropped 12.1%.

Total revenue during April generated from all forms of regulated gaming in Pennsylvania plus fantasy contests was more than $404.1 million, eclipsing the total revenue record set the previous month in March.

Tax revenue generated from internet gaming during April 2021 was $38.6 million.

Penn National’s Hollywood still dominates in the online gaming space

Hollywood’s online casino brands Hollywood, DraftKings, and BetMGM, combined for nearly $36 million from iGaming, again making them the leader among 13 online casinos live during April. In PA, each land-based iGaming license holder can partner with up to three “skins” or online casino brands.

The PA-based company was second in online slot play at $24.4 million and first in online table play at $11.5 million. Poker chipped in more than $20,000.

Rivers Philadelphia in the second position

Gross online gaming revenue for Rivers Philadelphia including SugarHouse, BetRivers, and Borgata Poker totaled $30.4 million.

They were the king of online slot revenue at nearly $26 million and in second for online table games at nearly $4.4 million. Poker added just about $6,600.

Valley Forge, fueled by FanDuel, in third

Valley Forge Casino and their FanDuel Casino skin had gross online gaming revenue of almost $16 million, nearly evenly split between online slots and online table games.

Mount Airy fourth

Mount Airy’s PokerStars came in fourth for online revenue, with more than $5 million from slots, nearly $1.8 million for table games, and more than $2.3 million for poker, their signature online offering.

Live! Philadelphia not showing much online momentum

Live! Philadelphia, the Cordish Companies‘ marque PA casino, only recently opened its doors, and that was in the midst of the late phase of the pandemic, but the company went with an online casino last August.

Despite that head start, online numbers remain low, with online table games accounting for just $23,220 eight months later.

That’s anemic, given the online table games revenue generated at similar large properties.

Even tiny Presque Isle and its new TwinSpires brand had online tables revenue of more than $270,000.

Live!’s online slot revenue was healthier but still relatively low at just more than $870,000.

PA iGaming operator revenue in April 2021

LicenseeOnline Brand(s)Total Revenue (GGR)Slots RevenueTable Games RevenuePoker Revenue
HollywoodHollywood | DraftKings | BetMGM$35,966,200$24,410,233$11,535,536$20,431
Rivers PhiladelphiaSugarHouse | BetRivers | Borgata$30,391,067$25,994,061$4,390,366$6,640
Valley ForgeFanDuel | Stardust$15,960,286$8,052,231$7,908,056--
Mount AiryPokerStars$9,168,267$5,051,490$1,771,720$2,345,056
ParxParx$5,724,081$4,882,862$841,220--
Mohegan SunUnibet$2,883,228$2,357,813$525,415--
Wind CreekWind Creek$1,962,398$1,827,654$134,744--
Harrah'sCaesars$1,854,717$1,570,575$284,142--
Live PhiladelphiaPlayLive$895,595$872,375$23,220--
Presque IsleTwinSpires$665,577$392,640$272,937--
Total$105,471,416$75,411,933$27,687,356$2,372,127

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