Even with the reopening of most brick-and-mortar casinos in June, it was a mixed month.
Live and online casino operations, plus daily fantasy contests and VGTs, combined to bring in $132.6 million in PA gaming revenue in June, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) showed in its monthly revenue report. Compared to June 2019’s $271.3 million, it was a 51.1% drop year-over-year.
But without iGaming, which wasn’t yet live in June 2019, it could have been much worse.
iGaming slots, table games and poker
Of the $50 million June gross revenue, the sole poker site PokerStars PA accounted for $3.2 million. That’s down from $4.6 million in May but still the third-best month for the operator.
Online casino (slots and tables) brought in $46.8 million in June, compared to the record $51.2 million in May. Of that, $36.8 million was from internet slots and another $10 million came from table games.
Internet casino-type games were not yet operational last June. The first online casino operator launched in July 2019, while PokerStars added online poker to PA in early November 2019.
June online casino breakdown by PA operator
A complete breakdown of June revenue, including slots and tables games by operator (online gaming license holder), can be found here:
|Casino Operator||Total Revenue||Slots Revenue||Table Games Revenue|
|Rivers Philly* (SugarHouse & BetRivers)||$15.0 million||$13.3 million||$1.7 million|
|Penn National* (Hollywood & DraftKings)||$9.6 million||$7.7 million||$1.8 million|
|Valley Forge (FanDuel)||$7.8 million||$4.6 million||$3.2 million|
|Parx Casino||$6.2 million||$5.0 million||$1.2 million|
|Mt. Airy (PokerStars & FOXBet)||$4.5 million||$2.7 million||$1.8 million|
|Mohegan Sun Pocono (Unibet)||$2.5 million||$2.2 million||$377,000|
|Harrah's Philly (Caesars)||$761,000||$742,000||$18,000|
|Presque Isle Downs (BetAmerica)||$498,000||$504,000||-$7,000|
|Totals:||$46.8 million||$36.8 million||$10.0 million|
Top iGaming sites in PA
The overall revenue leader for online sites in June was Rivers Philly, which operates SugarHouse and BetRivers. It had total revenue of $15.0 million. Slots accounted for $13.3 million, and $1.7 million came from table games.
Penn National’s Hollywood and DraftKings sites combined for $9.6 million, with $7.7 million from slots and $1.8 million from table games.
Valley Forge’s FanDuel was third, but tops in table revenue with $3.2 million, and a healthy $4.6 million from slots.
Parx also remains a strong revenue producer, with $5 million from slots and $1.2 million from table games.
Online sports betting on the up and up
June’s total sports wagering handle was $89 million, 15% higher than the May 2020 total of $77.51 million.
At the same time, the taxable revenue figure for June was $6.7 million, 38% higher than the May taxable revenue of $4.8 million. Of that, online sports wagering accounted for $6.8 million, with retail in the negative by about $99,000.
Valley Forge led the way with $2.9 million from online.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National lost more than $10,000 in retail, and it has no online presence yet, though it has said it hopes to launch in August.
Mohegan Sun Pocono had no sports revenue, nor did two still-shuttered off-site satellite books in Oaks and South Philly operated by Parx Casino.
Although PA gambling revenue for June was down significantly year-over-year, signs of recovery are beginning to peek out from the clouds.