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$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.

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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.

Lead image credit: AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

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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No Fools: Free PokerStars PA Casino Bonus Instead Of A Spoof On April Fool’s Day

PokerStars PA is flipping the script with a free bonus for online casino games on April Fool’s Day, and Fox Bet has Opening Day promos.

If you wager on your favorite online casino games at PokerStars Casino or FOX Bet in Pennsylvania, there will be no tricks on April Fools Day.

Here’s the deal: On April 1, beginning at 9 a.m and running until 1 a.m., Stars Casino is running a special promo, no joke.

The sites have a shared client for online poker, sports betting, and online casinos, and they are all offering a one-day bonus.

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How to get the deal April Fool’s Day gift

Begin by logging into a qualifying account on April Fool’s Day.

Under the menu, select Challenges.

You can then sign in for a $5 free casino bonus to use on any of your favorite casino games.

The same offer is available in Michigan if you happen to be traveling through the Wolverine State.

And a cash bonus for new players

Additionally, new players who sign up at PokerStars Casino are eligible for an instant casino bonus worth $50.

Sign up for PokerStars Casino and make your first deposit. Then go to the app’s Challenges area (under the My Stars menu). Select this offer.

After wagering $1, the $50 bonus should kick in and automatically be the source of your next $50 of play.

Make sure to read the fine print.

  • You have five days after creating your account to make that $1 wager.
  • After the bonus goes live, you have seven days to clear the bonus and any winnings.

Fox Bet Sportsbook specials for MLB Opening Day

And for sports betting enthusiasts, Fox Bet PA Sportsbook has you covered for Opening Day baseball on April 1.

Get a free $10 parlay bet for placing a $10 (or more) 3+ leg parlay on MLB Opening Day games. The free parlay bet will automatically show up in the bet slip after the first parlay is placed.

Philadelphia Phillies fans can also take advantage of a futures odds boost.

  • Phillies to win the World Series boosted from (+3500) to +4500

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February Revenue: Online Casinos Save The PA Gaming Bacon With Another $70M-Plus Month

Overall PA gaming revenue was steady year-over-year in February thanks to some huge gains in online casinos and sports betting.

According to state figures, the combined total revenue generated from all forms of gaming and fantasy contests during February was almost $302 million, a decline of less than 1% compared to a year ago.

January revenue, by contrast, was more than $311 million.

PA online casino revenue in February was above $70 million for the third month straight.

The release of the gaming revenue figures came exactly one year since the virus pandemic led to orders to shutter all Pennsylvania casinos for what was then an indefinite period, setting off a rippling shockwave that is still being felt.

The virus’s effects began several weeks before the ordered state shutdown and likely had some influence on last February revenue numbers.

Michigan sprints past PA in revenue

Despite a record for per-day revenue of $2.8 million for all online games in February, Pennsylvania is now just the third-largest online casino market in the U.S.

Newly launched Michigan is in second place, and New Jersey remains first.

Looking back a year, PA statewide revenue was down by just .78%, from $304.4 million in 2020 to nearly $302 million this February.

Total online gambling revenue in February was nearly $77.8 million.

Online slots accounted for nearly $50.9 million. Table games brought in nearly $24.7 million in revenue and poker revenue in February was just above $2.5 million.

Total tax revenue generated collectively through all forms of gaming, including video gaming terminals and fantasy contests, was nearly $122.9 million during February.

Revenue online rocketed, retail hung on

Over the past year, retail slots were down by nearly 27% to $145.8 million, and retail table games revenue fell off by nearly 25.9%.

But PA online casino games saved the gaming revenue bacon.

Online slot revenue jumped more than 425% in 12 months. And online table games climbed 207.5%.

While down from record revenues, online poker was still up YoY in February by almost 37.7%, with more than $2.5 million in revenue.

Sports betting revenue from all sources was up more than 246.9% over last year, with combined revenue of more than $16.4 million. Total handle was $509.5 million, PA’s fourth best month.

An uneven experience year-over-year

The bounce-back from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic appears extremely uneven at the casino properties.

Double-digit decreases in revenue percentages during this February versus a year ago were the norm for most casinos, but several properties defied the trend.

Two – Hollywood and Valley Forge – posted amazing numbers.

Hollywood Casino at Penn National was up just over an astounding 82% at almost $41.9 million, largely due to online. Online accounted for nearly $28 million at Hollywood. The online slot revenue was nearly $17.7 million. Online table games were more than $10.3 million.

The other gainers were:

  • Valley Forge Casino Resort up more than 66.4% with more than $31.5 million.
  • Mount Airy Casino up more than 3.9%,  up to nearly $19.5 million this February.

Revenue percentage losers outnumbered winners

The biggest loser year-over-year was Rivers Pittsburgh, down nearly 38%, with revenue of nearly $21.5 million, compared to $34.6 million a year ago.

The other percentage losers were:

  • Parx at 18.8% down.
  • Rivers Casino Philadelphia at nearly 6% off.
  • Wind Creek Bethlehem off more than 29.3%.
  • Mohegan Sun Pocono down 25.6%.
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia off more than 32%.
  • The Meadows Casino down more than 26%.
  • Presque Isle Downs and Casino off more than 27.6%.

February PA online casino breakdown by operator

A complete breakdown of February revenue, including slots and table games by operator (online gaming license holder), can be found here:

Casino OperatorTotal RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games Revenue
Penn National (DraftKings, Hollywood, BetMGM)$28.0 million$17.6 million$10.3 million
Rivers Philly (SugarHouse & BetRivers)$18.0 million$15.1 million$2.8 million
Valley Forge (FanDuel)$15.5 million$6.7 million$8.9 million
Mt. Airy (PokerStars & Fox Bet)$4.7 million$3.3 million$1.4 million
Parx Casino$4.0 million$3.5 million$475,000
Mohegan Sun Pocono (Unibet)$2.1 million$1.9 million$204,000
Harrah's Philly (Caesars)$1.4 million$1.1 million$242,000
Wind Creek Casino$656,000$718,000($62,000)
Presque Isle Downs (Twinspires)$518,000$200,000$319,000
Live! Casino Philadelphia (PlayLive!)$397,000$370,000$27,000
Totals:$75.3 million$50.6 million$24.7 million

Casino operators by the numbers

The clear front-runners in PA’s online casino race are Penn National (which includes DraftKings, Hollywood, and BetMGM), Rivers Philadelphia (which includes SugarHouseBetRivers, and the brand new Borgata Casino), and Valley Forge, with FanDuel.

A look at top PA online casino operators in February:

  • Penn: Total revenue $28 million (slots: $17.6 million; table games: $10.3 million).
  • Rivers Philly: Total revenue $18 million (slots: $15.1 million; tables: $2.8 million).
  • Valley Forge: Total revenue $15.5 million (slots: $16.7 million; tables: $8.9 million).

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Playtech Looks to US Expansion via Parx Casino Partnerships

Parx online betting products will get a makeover as Playtech partners with Greenwood Racing for expansion in US markets.

Isle of Man-based Playtech is upping its US expansion through partnerships with companies owned by Greenwood Racing, the parent company of Parx Casino.

Parx is the largest casino in Pennsylvania. Greenwood already offers online casino and land-based sports betting in New Jersey and retail betting in Michigan.

Mor Weizer, Playtech CEO, said:

“This strategic partnership with the Greenwood companies represents a major milestone for Playtech and I’m excited to work with them to help achieve their growth plans in the coming years.

“The US is a highly strategic market and this multi-state, multi-product agreement highlights the demand for the full breadth of our product offering. This is the next step for Playtech in the US and we are delighted to work with the Greenwood companies to capture this exciting long-term opportunity.”

PA, Michigan, Indiana, New Jersey expansion planned for Playtech

The agreements announced via the London Stock Exchange news service will license the company’s products across Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana.

The launch begins with an online casino in Michigan on Playtech’s IMS Platform and Player Account Management.

Greenwood has also announced plans to launch an online offering in Indiana.

Moving from GAN

The company is already in New Jersey via bet365 and also with Entain and now Playtech plans further expansion in the Garden State.

As a consequence of the new partnerships, Parx plans to migrate its current online gambling offering from GAN to Playtech.

No details yet for its online casino presence in PA or any sports betting plans there either.

Playtech Background

Israeli tech and property billionaire Teddy Sagi founded Playtech in 1999. He has since exited the company, selling his holdings.

The London Stock Exchange’s Main Market premium listed the company in 2012. The company has about 6,400 employees across 24 countries.

The business is considered a technology leader in the gambling and financial trading industries. It is also an established leader in poker tech.

Playtech delivers business intelligence-driven gambling software, services, content, and platform technology.

Product verticals include casino, live casino, sports betting, virtual sports betting, bingo, and poker. The omnichannel gambling technology comes through its integrated platform, Playtech ONE.

The platform delivers data-driven marketing expertise, single wallet functionality, customer relationship management, and responsible gambling solutions across retail and online.

PA Online Casinos Lead Gaming Recovery with Record $80 Million January

Online slots, table games and poker in PA crossed $80 million in revenue in January 2021, helping PA gaming post a 2.7% YoY revenue increase.

Despite ongoing disruptions from virus-restricted business conditions, overall gaming revenue in Pennsylvania is up 2.7% over last year, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Revenue during January from all forms of gaming, along with fantasy contests, was more than $311 million. Revenue regulated by the PGCB includes slot machines, table games, internet gaming, sports wagering, fantasy contests, and VGTs.

Total tax revenue generated collectively through all forms of gaming and fantasy contests was more than $127 million during the month.

Restrictions from virus boosted online gaming

And as a likely by-product of COVID-19 concerns and restrictions, January was a record month for PA online casino games. The PGCB reported total iGaming revenue of more than $80.4 million.

That’s the highest amount ever, beating the previous high of $71.6 million set in December 2020 by an impressive 11%.

Online slots revenue was just above $51 million, a huge jump from a year ago when it was $7.2 million. The year-over-year percentage increase comes out to a staggering 609%.

Online table games revenue was nearly $26.7 million, up from just over $4.6 million a year ago. The percentage increase YoY was almost 479%.

Tax revenue generated from internet gaming play during January was more than $32.2 million.

Online poker generated more than $2.7 million with just one operator, a 26.4% boost from a year ago. That was on par with December numbers.

Virus disrupts gaming revenue nationwide in 2020

The virus clearly wreaked havoc on the land-based gaming across the country, according to figures this week from the American Gaming Association.

Commercial gaming revenue totaled $30.0 billion in 2020, down more than 31% YoY, according to the AGA’s Commercial Gaming Revenue Tracker.

The year marked the first market contraction for the gaming industry since 2014 and the lowest gaming revenue total since 2003.

Retail casino numbers hammered

In PA, January’s gross revenue from casino-based slot machines was $140.7 million, a 26.1% decrease compared to the $190.3 million generated in January 2020.

Tellingly, the number of slot machines in operation this past January was just 18,703 compared to 24,126 a year back.

Table games revenue in casinos was likewise off for January with just more than $50.8 million, a decrease of 29.9% from the previous January, when revenue was $72.5 million.

Sports handle up, revenue down slightly

January’s sports betting handle was nearly $615.3 million or 12.2% above December’s record total of $548.6 million. But the taxable revenue for January declined slightly from $34 million to just above $33.9 million.

In January, PA crossed the $100 million mark in lifetime sports betting tax revenue.

VGT and daily fantasy back on track

Video Gaming Terminals, or VGTs,  produced gross revenue of more than $2.2 million and daily fantasy sports (DFS) kicked in revenue of more than $2.9 million. The two segments seem to have recovered from pandemic headwinds.

Online poker was up slightly at $2.7 million compared to $2.4 million in November. There is still just one operator, PokerStars PA, via Mount Airy Resort.

January PA online casino breakdown by operator

A complete breakdown of January revenue, including slots and table games by operator (online gaming license holder), can be found here:

Casino OperatorTotal RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games Revenue
Penn National (DraftKings, Hollywood, BetMGM)$27.6 million$16.2 million$11.4 million
Rivers Philly (SugarHouse & BetRivers)$21.0 million$16.5 million$4.5 million
Valley Forge (FanDuel)$14.7 million$6.8 million$8.0 million
Parx Casino$5.3 million$4.8 million$509,000
Mt. Airy (PokerStars & Fox Bet)$3.6 million$2.2 million$1.4 million
Mohegan Sun Pocono (Unibet)$2.8 million$2.2 million$534,000
Harrah's Philly (Caesars)$1.4 million$1.2 million$244,000
Wind Creek Casino$552,000$380,000$173,000
Live! Casino Philadelphia (PlayLive!)$487,000$451,000$37,000
Presque Isle Downs (BetAmerica)$182,000$282,000-$100,000
Totals:$77.7 million$51.0 million$26.7 million

Casino operators by the numbers

The clear front-runners in PA’s online casino race remain Penn National (which includes DraftKings, Hollywood, and BetMGM), Rivers Philadelphia (which includes SugarHouse and BetRivers), and Valley Forge, with FanDuel.

A look at top PA online casino operators in January:

  • Penn: Total revenue $27.6 million (slots: $16.2 million; table games: $11.4 million).
  • Rivers Philly: Total revenue $21.0 million (slots: $16.5 million; tables: $4.5 million).
  • Valley Forge: Total revenue $14.7 million (slots: $6.8 million; tables: $8.0 million).

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