PA Online Casinos Boost Overall Gaming Revenue with Record $60 Million October

PA gaming revenue jumped nearly 13% year over year, thanks in large part to a record $59.8 million October for online casinos and poker combined.

In Pennsylvania, online casinos continued a rocketing revenue run with a record in October of nearly $59.8 million.

That’s a healthy increase from the former record of $57 million set just a month before, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) figures.

Total gaming — retail casino slots and table games, online casinos, retail and online sportsbooks, poker, VGTs and fantasy contests — generated combined revenue of more than $320.2 million. That’s up 12.87% compared to revenue generated in October 2019.

The total tax revenue generated through all forms of gaming was more than $130.1 million during October 2020. Of that, $24.9 million came from iGaming.

Online table game revenue really jumps

In October, interactive slots took in nearly $40.4 million, online table games nearly $17 million and poker more than $2.4 million.

In September, online slots had accounted for more than $39.9 million in revenue, with an additional $14.7 million from online table games.

Also in October, total wagers on table games topped $1 billion — a first.

Online poker steady, VGT revenue up

With just one operator, PokerStars PA via Mount Airy Resort, online poker generated more than $2.4 million in October. That continues a trend down from $2.7 million in revenue in August.

Truck stop video gaming terminals generated nearly as much revenue as online poker — more than $2.4 million. There are now four operators with machines in 37 locations; each location has five machines.

Sports wagering handle hits new highs

In October, sports betting was up significantly over the previous year, with a total handle of more than $525.8 million. That’s more than double the handle a year ago, when it was nearly $241.2 million.

Additionally, the taxable sports wagering revenue figure of $36.8 million for October 2020 set a record, eclipsing the previous monthly revenue high of more than $22.8 million in January of this year.

Nov. 17 marks two years since the very first legal sportsbook opened in Pennsylvania.

Casino-based games down

Casino-based slots and table games, with COVID-19 capacity restrictions, were down 17.22% and 13.43%, respectively, but online gaming channels have made up the difference and then some.

A year ago, there were 23,786 slots on the casino floors, but there were just 16,611 in operation this October.

October online casino breakdown by PA operator

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

Casino OperatorTotal RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games Revenue
Rivers Philly (SugarHouse & BetRivers)$16.6 million$14.1 million$2.5 million
Penn National (DraftKings Casino)$11.0 million$5.1 million$6.0 million
Valley Forge (FanDuel)$10.0 million$5.0 million$5.0 million
Parx Casino$5.9 million$5.1 million$793,000
Mt. Airy (PokerStars & Fox Bet)$4.5 million$2.9 million$1.6 million
Penn National (Hollywood Casino)$4.5 million$4.2 million$269,000
Mohegan Sun Pocono (Unibet)$2.6 million$2.1 million$492,000
Harrah's Philly (Caesars)$774,000$628,000$146,000
Wind Creek Casino$596,000$534,000$62,000
Presque Isle Downs (BetAmerica)$485,000$375,000$110,000
Live! Casino Philadelphia $278,000$248,000$30,000
Totals:$57.3 million$40.3 million$17.0 million

Casino operators by the numbers

Five operators had total online casino revenue above $5 million.

  • Rivers Philly, which combines SugarHouse and BetRivers, topped $16.6 million, with more than $14 million in revenue from slots.
  • Penn National/DraftKings topped $11 million in online revenue, with more than half from table games.
  • Valley Forge/FanDuel hit more than $10 million in online revenue, with table games accounting for more than half.
  • Mount Airy, which includes PokerStars and Fox Bet, brought in more than $9.4 million when online table games, online slots and online poker are combined.
  • And Parx had nearly $6 million in iGaming revenue.

Live! Casino Philadelphia, which is still new, trailed everyone with just $278,463 in total online revenue in its third full month in operation.

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The Wait Is Over: Where to Play Live Dealer Tables Games Online in Pennsylvania

The long wait for live dealer games at PA online casinos is over. Find out what took so long, what games you will find and where you can play them.

And just like that, after months of waiting, Evolution Gaming began its test run this week of the first live dealer options in Pennsylvania.

The company, which also operates in New Jersey, where it has at least seven affiliations, has had a conditional PA license since this past January. And it began the process more than a year ago.

The two-day test period for Evolution’s live dealer games ended at 9 p.m. Oct. 22. Following the soft launch, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) approved it for full-time operation.

Where to play Evolution live dealer games in PA

In PA, Evolution has partnership deals with several online casino operators. The first four casinos to launch came from Rush Street Interactive and Penn National.

Caesars and Parx are also expected to offer live dealer options soon.

Live dealer games on offer at PA online casinos

Evolution launched live dealer variations of blackjack and roulette, with more games to come. As of now, you can find:

  • Roulette Live
  • Blackjack Live
  • Infinite Blackjack Live
  • First Person Blackjack
  • First Person Roulette and Lightning Roulette

Also on the way to PA are:

  • Baccarat Live
  • Three Card Poker Live
  • Ultimate Texas Hold’em Live

Live dealer games follow approved rules, side wagers and payout tables, such as those found in a land-based casino.

Appeal of live dealer games

The live games’ appeal is the chance for social interaction, from the comfort of home and with social distancing.

Dealers are playing with real cards from a studio in Philly, while players make decisions from home. So in essence, the live dealer takes the convenience of gaming from home and adds the ability to play table games dealt by real-life dealers.

The long delay since licensing for Evolution

While the game is the same, the remote studio’s approval process was time-consuming, explaining the long lag time.

And while the company was established in New Jersey, it needed a PA studio and a secure server in the Keystone State.

As PGCB Director of Communications Doug Harbach told our sister publication, PlayPennsylvania:

“Testing and regulating live dealer studio games is similar to other online casino games from a technology standpoint and is actually similar in many aspects to table games in land-based casinos, except there is no cash or gaming chips and, of course, players are not physically present.

“Since there is a human element in this online gaming, the PGCB must license studio staff who operate the games as we would dealers in a land-based casino. Also, similar to table games setups at land-based casinos, we have to ensure adequate security and surveillance in the studio that allows us to monitor the live dealer and helps us ensure the operator conducts table game operations in accordance with PGCB regulations.”

Evolution Gaming expansion to PA

Evolution Gaming already had eight studios globally and more than 8,000 employees. The company trades on the Stockholm NASDAQ.

As a recruiting incentive, the company tells potential roulette employees they can earn tokens from an unlimited number of gamblers.

In NJ, Evolution offers slingshot roulette, baccarat, three card poker and ultimate Texas hold ’em poker. And it has the potential to offer even more games, according to its website.

James Stern, Evolution’s chief business development officer, said last year of the company’s expansion to PA:

“Demand for our Live Casino services in the US has been phenomenal. We are delighted to be further expanding our US operations by opening a stand-alone studio in Pennsylvania to serve both online operators and land-based casinos in the state.

“We continue to stay at the forefront, maximizing the opportunities in this exciting new market and growing together with our licensees.”

PA Online Casinos Flex Again with Record $57 Million Revenue in September, Boosted by DraftKings

Chase Claypool isn’t the only one setting records in PA. Online casinos once again outdid themselves, with $57 million in revenue in September 2020.

PA online casino games generated gross revenue of more than  $57 million during September, the highest in a single month so far for Pennsylvania.

Of the September total, online slots accounted for more than $39.9 million in revenue, with an additional $14.7 million from online table games.

In August, online slot games accounted for $39.6 million and online table games just under $13.6 million.

Total online slot wagers held steady at $1.06 billion for September, while table games saw a month-over-month increase from $812.5 million to $926.8 million wagered.

New iGaming record despite poker’s continued slide

Online poker, with just one operator, PokerStars via Mount Airy Resort, generated September revenue of nearly $2.4 million.

Poker continues to slide, down from $2.7 million in revenue in August.

With poker rolled into the other online revenues, the September figure came in at just over $57 million, according to Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) figures.

In September a year ago, when the iGaming industry in PA was just getting off the ground, revenue was just $4.1 million. That revenue has increased nearly 12.8x in September 2020.

Total September revenue up, retail down more than 16%

In September, total gaming and fantasy revenue was more than $284.2 million. That’s an increase of 1% compared to September 2019, when casinos were open at full capacity.

By comparison, slot and table revenue in brick-and-mortar casinos were down 16% in September compared to a year ago.

With sharply fewer machines in play due to virus restrictions, slot revenue last month was more than $157.4 million, and table games revenue was over $59.1 million. Thankfully for the PA gaming market (and tax revenue), online gaming channels have made up the difference.

PA sportsbooks eclipse $400 million in handle

PA sports betting has bounced back in a big way, with September offering a packed-full menu of sports. The total sports handle reached a new record of nearly $462.8 million, more than double September 2019, when the handle was just $194.5 million.

However, the taxable sports revenue figure for September 2020 was just below $6.3 million, which was 58% lower than a year ago, when it was nearly $14.9 million.

September’s handle was a whopping 26.8% increase over the previous record of $365 million set in August.

September online casino breakdown by PA operator

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

Casino OperatorTotal RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games Revenue
Rivers Philly (SugarHouse & BetRivers)$16.1 million$14.4 million$1.7 million
Penn National (DraftKings Casino)$10.2 million$4.6 million$5.6 million
Valley Forge (FanDuel)$9.1 million$5.1 million$4.0 million
Mt. Airy (PokerStars & Fox Bet)$6.6 million$2.7 million$1.5 million
Parx Casino$6.2 million$5.2 million$1.0 million
Penn National (Hollywood Casino)$4.6 million$4.2 million$334,000
Mohegan Sun Pocono (Unibet)$2.4 million$2.0 million$406,000
Harrah's Philly (Caesars)$784,000$748,000$37,000
Wind Creek Casino$562,000$475,000$88,000
Presque Isle Downs (BetAmerica)$406,000$333,000$73,000
Live! Casino Philadelphia $104,000$89,000$15,000
Totals:$54.7 million$39.9 million$14.7 million

Casino operators by the numbers

Five operators had total online casino revenue above $5 million.

Rivers Philly, which combines SugarHouse and BetRivers, topped $16 million, with $14.4 million revenue from slots.

Penn National/DraftKings topped $10 million in online revenue, with the twist that $5.6 million — or more than half — came from table games, which is not the norm. It was the first month since launch in early May that DraftKings Casino surpassed online casino FanDuel for revenue.

Valley Forge/FanDuel hit $9.1 million in online revenue.

Mount Airy, which includes PokerStars and Fox Bet, hit $6.6 million.

And Parx had $6.2 million in revenue.

Live! Casino Philadelphia, which is new, having opened online before having a casino built, trailed everyone else with just $104,000 in total revenue in its first full month in operation.

Lead image credit: AP Photo/Michael Conroy

PA Online Casinos Top $50 Million in Revenue For Third Month Straight in July

It’s been a red-hot summer for PA online casinos, which posted their second-highest-ever revenue of $54.4 million in July, with the market still growing.

Online casinos in Pennsylvania generated gross revenue of $54.4 million during July.

That’s 8.6% higher than in June. Revenue then was $50.1 million. June and July were both down slightly from PA iGaming’s peak revenue of $55.8 million in May.

Offering a longer perspective on the astounding online growth, a year ago, when there were only three online wagering options available in PA, the monthly revenue was just $812,000. And the highest revenue pre-pandemic closures came in at $19.5 million (in February).

Total gambling revenue $283 million despite ongoing virus recovery

In the larger context, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board  (PGCB) figures show that total gaming and fantasy contests revenue generated during July was just under $283.1 million.

That’s a 0.6% increase over revenue generated a year ago, when it was $281.5 million.

July was the first time since state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions were put in place in mid-March that all 12 casinos operated for most of the month.

VGTs are back in the black, online poker continues a slide

With truck stop VGTs back in action in July and additional locations operating, those machines generated nearly $2.1 million in revenue.

The one down number was online poker at just under $3.0 million this July versus $3.2 million in June. In May, poker revenue was $4.6 million, down slightly from its peak of nearly $5.3 million in April. The sole site in the state remains PokerStars PA, with others expected to join soon.

Wind Creek, Live! new online players, with more to come

Wind Creek Bethlehem went live with an online casino on July 24 and generated just over $34,000 in revenue from online slots and table games for the month. Wind Creek’s Betfred-branded online sportsbook is expected to follow soon, possibly before the start of NFL. It’s also building a retail Betfred sportsbook.

A Live! online casino (PlayLive!) launched on Aug. 14 and will appear on next month’s revenue report. Sports betting should follow soon. And there are still more online betting sites on the way to PA.

Penn National, under the Barstool Sports brand, plans to launch retail and online sports betting in Q3.

Additionally, BetMGM/ROAR Digital is in the process of getting approval to launch an online casino, online sportsbook and online poker via partypoker, all expected before the end of 2020.

And finally, the  WSOP.com online poker site is also heading to PA, though the exact timeline is unclear. That would leave just Golden Nugget to launch online slots and table games, but that could happen sooner than expected as well.

July online casino breakdown by PA operator

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

Casino OperatorTotal RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games Revenue
Rivers Philly* (SugarHouse & BetRivers)$15,459,938$13,923,955$1,535,983
Penn National* (Hollywood & DraftKings)$10,752,504$8,321,3482,431,156
Valley Forge (FanDuel)$8,405,186$4,402,474$4,002,712
Parx Casino$7,428,752$6,303,743$1,125,009
Mt. Airy (PokerStars & Fox Bet)$5,269,087$3,175,326$2,093,762
Mohegan Sun Pocono (Unibet)$2,856,028$2,165,866$690,163
Harrah's Philly (Caesars)$831,865$805,815$26,050
Presque Isle Downs (BetAmerica)$327,875$321,815$6,061
Wind Creek Bethlehem
(launched July 24)
$34,414$25,409$9,005
Totals:$54.4 million$39.4 million$11.9 million

Top iGaming sites in PA

Rivers Philly, which runs sister sites SugarHouse and BetRivers, had the top online revenue in July with $15.5 million. The majority came from slots.

Penn National, with Hollywood and DraftKings casinos, posted revenue of $10.8 million.

And Valley Forge‘s FanDuel accounted for $8.4 million.

Sports betting revenue

The statewide sports wagering revenue was over $8.1 million, with nearly $6.9 million from online sports betting and nearly $1.3 million from the still-recovering retail sportsbooks. That was up 22% over June revenue, with total sports handle up a whopping 85% month over month. In July, total handle was $164.8 million, compared to June’s $89.0 million.

The top two PA sports betting operators remain FanDuel (Valley Forge) and DraftKings (The Meadows). FanDuel took $69.7 million in bets in July, compared to DraftKings’ $39.6 million.

However, DraftKings was tops in total revenue at $1.9 million, with $1.8 million coming from online. FanDuel came in second with total revenue of nearly $1.4 million. It lost nearly $56,000 settling retails accounts, but made up for it with more than $1.4 million in online revenue.

DraftKings Casino App in PA ‘Designed With the iGaming Player in Mind’

DraftKings recently debuted a stand-alone online casino app in PA that caters to iGaming players with unique themed table games, and Live Dealer is coming soon.

DraftKings expanded its realm by launching a mobile casino app in Pennsylvania. Users can link accounts across DFS, sports betting and casino sites and have a shared wallet.

And now, the DraftKings stand-alone casino app is available on iOS.  However, it’s not available for Android.

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DraftKings Casino designed with ‘iGaming player in mind’

DraftKings online sportsbook operates in Pennsylvania through a partnership with The Meadows. The Meadows did not apply for an online casino license, so the DraftKings iGaming platform operates under Hollywood Casino’s license.

A DraftKings spokesperson explained to Play Pennsylvania the reasoning behind the stand-alone casino app:

“While our Sportsbook app caters to sports bettors, the DraftKings Casino stand-alone app is a more wholesome product designed with the iGaming player in mind. Irrespective of the annual sports calendar, DraftKings Casino leverages our unique, in-house technology and games to offer a best-in-market gaming experience.

“The new app allows us to focus on our strengths, including our dedicated DraftKings Live Dealer studio and best-in-class DraftKings-built game suite, and highlight market-leading promotions like our monthly $250K leaderboards.”

How to download

How to download the DraftKings Casino app in Pennsylvania:

  • Go to the App Store.
  • Type “DraftKings casino” in the search bar.
  • FYI, it will appear as “DraftKings Casino NJ,” but it’s the one for PA players too. Click “Get,” then “Install.”
  • Allow DraftKings Casino to use your location (allow while using app).

DraftKings Casino games

The DraftKings Casino app in Pennsylvania has 17 table games, Game King Poker and 30 slot titles.

The biggest difference from other online casinos in PA is that DraftKings has branded and themed table games like:

  • DraftKings Blackjack
  • Classic Blackjack
  • Single Hand Blackjack
  • Pride Blackjack
  • Christmas Blackjack
  • Retro Blackjack
  • Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Football and Hockey Blackjack
  • Lunar New Year Blackjack
  • DraftKings American Roulette
  • European Roulette
  • Basketball Roulette

For min and max bets:

  • Blackjack: Minimum bet $1.00, maximum bet $5,000

Baccarat: Minimum bet $1.00, maximum bet $10,000

Game King Poker: Minimum bet $0.20, maximum bet $200

“The response in Pennsylvania has been exciting,” said a DraftKings spokesperson. “Our players have clearly been waiting for DraftKings to launch our trusted gaming experience in the state, proving demand for something different in the market. So far, the most popular games have been DraftKings Blackjack and Roulette; land-based slot titles such as Cleopatra and Wheel of Fortune always prove popular.”

Live Dealer coming to PA

As of late July, no online casino in Pennsylvania offered Live Dealer. Live Dealer is a popular online casino feature that allows users to play games like blackjack in real time, with a real dealer, from home.

A press release from DraftKings announcing the app said that customers in PA “will soon have access to the custom DraftKings Live Dealer Studio which will operate 24/7.”

When asked in mid-July about a possible time frame for the arrival of Live Dealer, a DraftKings spokesperson said they expect it to be made available within the next few months.