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

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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Looking For The Best Military Benefits At Pennsylvania Casinos? Look No Further

If you’re looking for the best military casino benefits at Pennsylvania casinos, we have you covered with our shortlist.

Many businesses in Pennsylvania provide regular benefits for active and retired members of the United States Armed Forces, and Pennsylvania casinos are no exception. Because of the volume of offers available, it can take time to find the absolute best military casino benefits, though.

There’s no need to spend any further time searching. Here at PAOnlineCasino, we’ve done that work for you, creating a shortlist of the top offers for military personnel. Registration for these programs simply requires your military ID. With the search done for you, you can spend your time enjoying the perks!

The best military casino benefits around Pennsylvania

The newest such perk for members of the military at brick-and-mortar casinos in PA comes courtesy of Penn National Gaming. The company, which also makes its headquarters in the Keystone State, has enhanced its mychoice program.

Starting on Armed Forces Day (May 15) 2021, the myheroes program is available for not only active-duty military and veterans but first responders as well. Qualifying visitors to all of PNG’s properties will enjoy special benefits and unique events throughout the year, such as:

  • Ability to designate a family member or friend to share benefits
  • Commemorative pin
  • Dining, hotel, and retail discounts of up to 30%
  • Special players club card
  • Tier upgrade to Advantage

In PA, PNG properties include the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley, and the Meadows Casino. PNG isn’t the only company to make such benefits available across all of its properties, though.

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Caesars Rewards Salute card

Both active-duty military and veterans can obtain a Caesars Rewards Salute card at any Caesars property in the country. The program is also open to military spouses as well. In addition to a 10% hotel discount and automatic upgrade to Platinum status, perks include:

  • Complimentary self and valet parking at appropriate locations
  • Early access to tickets for live entertainment
  • One complimentary stay at Atlantis, Paradise Island in The Bahamas
  • Restaurant and retail discounts
  • Special discounts on Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Tier status match with Wyndham Rewards

Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack is a Caesars property where you can enjoy many of these benefits. The last entries on our list focus on a great dining experience while you’re on-site at the casino and a discount for a special day.

Free entrées, wedding discount

This is another promotion that is not only open to active-duty military and veterans but first responders as well. Simply present your appropriate ID when you visit Jack’s Bar + Grill or Mian inside Rivers Casino Philadelphia. When you buy one entrée at regular price, the casino will reward you with another of equal or lesser value for free.

Valley Forge Casino Resort is in on this as well. For all active-duty military or veterans, the resort offers a 15% discount on all wedding packages. To take advantage of the discount, you must mention the offer prior to executing the booking contract and present valid identification.

If you’re going to visit one of these properties anyway, there’s no reason to not enjoy these perks if you qualify. With this information, you know exactly where to go and how to take advantage of the best that PA casinos have to offer military personnel.

Lead image credit: AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

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.