PA Online Casino & Poker Sail To New Records In April As Overall Revenue Plummets

The bright spot in the April Pennsylvania gaming revenue report is online gaming, as online casinos and online poker produced their best numbers yet.

April was the best of times for online wagering in Pennsylvania amid the worst of times overall for revenue, according to figures released Monday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB.)

Shuttered land-based wagering generated no revenue, while online revenue set a record for the third straight month.

PA also had a record month for poker, faring the best of any US state where it’s legal despite there being just one operator.

As a result of the coronavirus disruptions, overall gaming revenue was down 84% for April 2020 compared to April last year, even with the huge increase in online betting.

Online casino games expanded to fill the revenue void

Filling the void created by closed casinos, April 2020 online casino revenue jumped 73% over the previous month, when revenue was $24.9 million.

Casino games online generated a record gross revenue of $43.1 million in April. That includes online slots, table games and poker.

Tax revenue from all forms of gaming in April 2020 was $18.3 million.

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Online slots saw the biggest revenue gains

The online slots segment saw the biggest gain, with revenue more than doubling from $13 million in March to $27.3 million in April.

PokerStars/Mount Airy hit nearly $5.3 million in April, up from $3.1 million in March.  PokerStars PA remains the sole live poker operation in PA.

Casinos closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic and remain locked down, meaning there was no revenue from casino floor games nor retail sports wagering in April.

The three biggest interactive operators were sister sites SugarHouse and BetRivers, operating under Rivers Philadelphia, and FanDuel casino, in partnership with Valley Forge.

While SugarHouse and BetRivers were the clear winners in the online slot competition, Valley Forge once again dominated when it comes to online table games.

PA online casino revenue by operator in April

A complete breakdown of  April revenue, including slots and tables games, can be found here:

Casino OperatorTotal RevenueTable GamesSlots
Rivers Philly (SugarHouse & BetRivers)$13.7 million$2.7 million$11 million
Valley Forge (FanDuel)$7.9 million$3.8 million$4.1 million
Mt. Airy (PokerStars & FOXBet)$5.2 million$2.4 million$2.8 million
Penn National (Hollywood)$4.6 million$490,000$4.1 million
Parx Casino$4.1 million$300,000$3.8 million
Mohegan Sun Pocono (Unibet)$1.8 million$650,000$1.2 million
Presque Isle Downs (BetAmerica)$210,000$100,000$110,000
Harrah's Philly (Caesars)$230,000N/A$230,000
Penn National (DraftKings)$30,000-$160$30,000
Totals:$37.8 million$10.5 million$27.3 million

Sports and daily fantasy wagering down, truck terminals closed

Online sports wagering suffered because so few sports continued in March.

Total sports wagering revenue in April from 13 retail and nine online outlets was $2.9 million58% lower than March’s total of $6.9 million.

Some retail books even operated in the negative after paying off previous winners.

Video gaming terminals at truck stops were idle due to the virus and without any revenue during April.

And finally, daily fantasy contests revenue was $167,000 in April, a decrease of 91% year over year compared to April 2019, when revenue was $1.9 million.

Unfortunate gaming revenue trends to continue

So far, there is no announced reopening plan for any brick-and-mortar casino, even those in areas less affected by COVID-19. With most mainstream sports still forming their own plans to return, it’s likely that gaming revenue streams won’t bounce back for some time.

When casinos do reopen, it will be in a phased process, according to the governor’s color-coded reopening scheme. It will also likely happen gradually, starting out with limited capacity and possibly requiring reservations in advance.

As a result, May revenue numbers should follow the same basic patterns that appeared in April. Unfortunately, the same might go for June. And PA gaming companies are sure to feel these economic effects long after the casinos reopen.

Online Casino Revenue Reaches Record $24 Million Amid A Stormy March For PA Gaming

Overall gaming revenues in Pennsylvania dropped 51% in March due to coronavirus closures, but online casinos and online poker reached record heights.

Online casino revenue soared by 24.5% in March, according to figures released by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).

On the other hand, overall gambling revenues were down 51% for the month due to closures forced by coronavirus containment measures.

Online revenue in PA for March topped $24.3 million, marking the highest revenue to date. Total play also reached an all-time high.

March follows a February record

The March numbers come on the heels of record-setting February revenue for PA online casinos with a staggering 39.6% jump over January revenue, which was itself up 31.4% over December 2019.

Gross revenue from online slots, table games and poker in March broke down as follows:

  • $12.4 million for internet slot games
  • $8.8 million for online table games
  • More than $3.1 million for online poker

That came to nearly $8.6 million in tax revenue from online offerings.

Revenue doesn’t tell the entire story

Revenue, while important, doesn’t tell the entire story when it comes to gauging increasing player interest.

For instance, total wagers for March were $871.6 million, a 23.9% increase from February’s $703.6 million.

Handle for slot wagers increased 51.5%, while tables rose just 8.2%.

PA online casino revenue by operator in March

A complete breakdown of March revenue, including slots and tables games, can be found here:

CasinoTotal revenueSlots revenueTable games revenue
SugarHouse & BetRivers* (Rivers Casino Philadelphia)$6,757,345$4,764,687$1,992,658
FanDuel Casino (Valley Forge)$4,969,253$969,992$3,999,261
PokerStars Casino (Mount Airy Casino)$2,830,694$1,403,050$1,427,644
Parx Casino$2,728,129$2,173,693$554,436
Hollywood Casino (Penn National Race Course)$2,618,503$2,438,828$179,675
Unibet (Mohegan Sun Pocono)$803,000$517,192$285,808
BetAmerica Casino (Presque Isle Downs)$425,878$83,204$342,674
Total$21,132,802$12,350,645$8,782,156

Top online operators in PA

Rivers Casino Philadelphia was the top PA online casino operator for the month, with more than $6.75 million from online slots and table games. Slots accounted for $4.76 million, the top figure in the category.

That should be taken with a grain of salt, though, as it includes both online casino skins under the license, PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers.

It’s possible, then, that FanDuel (Valley Forge Casino Resort) was actually the top operator. FanDuel, which was the revenue leader in February with nearly $6.1 million, saw a drop in March revenue to nearly $5 million.

But FanDuel continues to own the table games category with revenue of nearly $4 million and brought in 42.5% of total online table games wagers.

Next in total revenue was PokerStars Casino (Mount Airy Casino) with more than $2.8 million in revenue from slots and tables in a near-even split. The brand brought in even more through online poker.

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Online poker taking off during shutdown

More than half of PokerStars PA’s online revenue — $3.13 million — came from poker. It represents PokerStars’ best month since launching in November and a whopping 71.2% increase from February.

As big as PokerStars PA was in March, look for its April poker number to post far bigger, as it is currently running its biggest series yetPASCOOP, and doing well with filling seats.

The increased handle for March, the continued closures of land-based casinos through April and gamblers’ growing interest in wagering online should ensure another growth month in April.

PA Online Casino Revenue Continues Dramatic Climb In February, Led By FanDuel

Online casino revenue in PA is really taking off now, and the addition of FanDuel to the market has helped lead that charge.

Online casino revenue in PA continued a trend of double-digit percentage jumps month over month in February, according to the PGCB.

In February 2020, revenue from PA online casinos increased by a staggering 39.6% over January 2020, which was itself up 31.4% over December of 2019.

Gross revenue from online slots, table games and poker in February reached nearly $19.5 million.

That came out to $6.8 million in tax revenue from online casinos.

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Table game revenue continues to gain ground on slots

Revenue broke down to over $9.6 million from online slots and more than $8 million from table games. Online poker, which has only one operator, brought in $1.8 million.

FanDuel, which entered the online casino space in late January, led the way with its partner, Valley Forge Casino.

The total February revenue for the relatively new FanDuel was nearly $6.1 million. Table games accounted for more than $4.8 million. That’s unusual, since online slots typically contribute to the bulk of revenue for online casinos.

For instance, PlaySugarHouse (Rivers Casino Philadelphia) was second in terms of revenue, with $4.8 million in February, and slots accounted for more than $3.1 million of it.

PA online casino revenue by operator in February

A complete breakdown of February revenue, including slots and tables games, can be found here:

CasinoTotal revenueSlots revenueTable games revenue
FanDuel Casino (Valley Forge)$6,053,007$1,233,147$4,819,860
SugarHouse (Rivers Casino Philadelphia)$4,755,592$3,149,084$1,606,508
Parx Casino$2,352,492$1,861,267$491,225
Hollywood Casino (Penn National Race Course)$2,315,459$2,164,360$151,099
PokerStars Casino (Mount Airy Casino)$1,393,103$717,068$676,035
Unibet (Mohegan Sun Pocono)$723,229$449,992$273,237
BetAmerica Casino (Presque Isle Downs)$67,575$59,062$8,513
Total$17,660,459$9,633,981$8,026,478

FanDuel surges to No. 1, online poker stays strong

After getting off to a hot start in the final days of January, FanDuel followed up strong. It took the well-known Daily Fantasy Sports brand less than a month to surge into the top casino operator spot.

The FanDuel Sportsbook was already the leader in PA. With the two verticals in an integrated app, FanDuel’s dominance in sports betting is clearly helping casino business.

As more people turn to online gaming with PA land-based casinos closed for coronavirus containment, FanDuel and other operators will likely get an uptick in traffic.

Online poker has already seen it, and PokerStars PA will be running its biggest series yet, PASCOOP, in early April. The lone online poker operator in PA continues to post strong numbers, which are likely to increase in March and April.

PA Online Casino Revenue Jumps In January 2020, Thanks To FanDuel Table Games

PA online casino revenue posted a 31% month-over-month increase in January 2020, thanks largely to the addition of FanDuel Casino.

Online gambling in PA is off to a strong start in the new year.

In January 2020, revenue from PA online casinos increased by a staggering  31.4% over December.

Gross revenue from online slots, table games and poker reached just shy of $14 million last month, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).

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Online revenue continues to expand

That continues a run of double-digit increases online.

Gross online revenue in December was over $10.6 million, which was an increase of more than 10% over November’s revenue figures.

PlaySugarHouse (Rivers Casino Philadelphia) continues to dominate the online space in PA, bringing in nearly $3.55 million from online slots and table games.

In December, Rivers’ internet games revenue was more than $2.97 million.

A complete breakdown for the month by operator can be found in this table:

CasinoTotal revenueSlots revenueTable games revenue
SugarHouse (Rivers Casino Philadelphia)$3,549,970$2,420,204$1,129,765
Hollywood Casino (Penn National Race Course)$2,405,023$2,143,292$261,731
FanDuel Casino (Valley Forge)$2,081,252$375,442$1,705,810
Parx Casino$1,644,854$1,154,368$490,486
PokerStars Casino (Mount Airy Casino)$1,322,829$589,879$732,950
Unibet (Mohegan Sun Pocono)$786,447$505,867$280,580
BetAmerica Casino (Presque Isle Downs)$9,898$3,139$6,759
Total$11,800,273$7,192,192$4,608,081

Online slots lead the way, table games get a boost

Online slot revenues continued to dominate, accounting for more than $7.19 million in revenue in January. It was a significant increase, too, as December internet slot revenue was just over $5.57 million.

While still trailing slots, online table games had a strong January, with revenue of more than $4.6 million.

That’s a healthy increase from December, when the revenue take for internet table games was just $2.58 million. Nearly all of that growth can be attributed to FanDuel Casino, which launched in PA on Jan. 24.

In its limited eight days of operations in January, it took in an impressive $1.7 million in revenue in online table games alone.

Poker remains a one-trick pony in PA

PokerStars PA, with land-based partner Mt. Airy Casino Resort, earned more than $2.15 million in online poker revenue. It is the only operator with internet poker in PA for now.

But that January figure is down from the month before, when it took in nearly $2.5 million. That number was helped along by the PACOOP series that ran in December.

Hollywood and newcomer FanDuel Casino on the rise

Following SugarHouse, Hollywood Casino at Penn National was second in online slots and table games for January.

It tabbed more than $2.4 million, with more than $2.14 million from slots and only $261,000 from table games. Both were increases from December.

The Valley Forge-partnered FanDuel Casino only operated its online casino for the last week of January but did exceptionally well considering the short time period.

Its overall gross revenue was more than $2 million, with more than $1.7 million from table games and $375,000 from slots.

PokerStars still trails in online slots, tables

Mount Airy/PokerStars was second only to SugarHouse (Rivers Philly) in January gross revenue, with more than $3.48 million, though that result is due to its poker monopoly. Nearly two-thirds of its online casino revenue was from poker last month.

In terms of slots and table games, PokerStars Casino ranks fifth, ahead of Unibet and the recently launched BetAmerica Casino.

The overall gross revenue figure for PokerStars is down from December, when it was was more than $4 million.

PokerStars table games revenue was over $730,000, better than slots, which tallied $590,000 — a sharp drop from the $750,000 the casino took in during the previous month.

And the rest of the field

Parx Casino had total internet revenues of slightly more than $1.6 million in January, primarily from slots, which brought in $1.15 million. That’s roughly on par with its December figures.

Mohegan Sun Pocono, which operates as Unibet Casino, had gross revenue of $786,000. Slots accounted for nearly two-thirds of that figure. Unibet’s January revenue was nearly double what it posted in the previous month, when table games actually posted a small loss.

BetAmerica, the online casino through Presque Isle Downs, operated for just two days in January and collected $9,900 in revenue.

Tax collected from online casinos was just under $5 million in the first month of 2020.