PA Online Gaming Revenue: Poker Closes In On Table Games In December

PokerStars topped the PA online gaming revenue charts in December 2019, thanks to poker, as slots drop slightly across the board.

Pennsylvania’s three online verticals – slots, table games, and poker – combined to produce $10.62 million in revenue for the month of December, 2019.

That figure represents a healthy 10.3% increase from November when revenue was $9.65 million, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). 

Dissecting online casino and poker revenue in December 2019

Of the total iGaming revenue, online slots brought in the most with $5.6 million while online tables games produced less than half that amount at $2.6 million.

Online poker, meanwhile, brought in nearly as much as table games despite having just one operator in only its second month.

PokerStars PA, in conjunction with land-based partner Mt. Airy, earned an additional nearly $2.5 million in online poker revenue to add to its online casino revenue. 

The following table breaks down online casino revenue for the five PA online casinos for December, with poker excluded:

CasinoTotal revenueSlots revenueTable games revenue
SugarHouse (Rivers Casino Philadelphia)$2,970,222$1,875,628$1,094,594
Hollywood Casino (Penn National Race Course)$1,692,797$1,472,941$219,855
PokerStars Casino (Mount Airy Casino)$1,559,057$753,570$805,487
Parx Casino$1,523,041$1,025,524$497,518
Unibet (Mohegan Sun Pocono)$406,445$442,922($36,477)
Total$8,151,562$5,570,585$2,580,977

Mount Airy dominates with addition of PokerStars’ offerings

Mount Airy Casino Resort, the only operator offering poker, led the way this December in gross revenue from all online sources. Despite ranking just third of the five operators in online casino, its strong online poker showing catapulted it to first in overall revenue.

The total online revenue for PokerStars/Mount Airy was more than $4 million. That is not even including its online sportsbook FOX Bet.

Revenue for online slots was over $750k and online table games revenue was $805k for PokerStars Casino.

The debut of poker in PA during November was massive, with nearly $2 million in revenue. So it was no surprise December built on that with $2.47 million in revenue from poker.

As of now in mid-January, PokerStars remains the only site for poker in the state. Of course, that could change in a moment’s notice.

Rivers, formerly SugarHouse, leads casino revenues

Rivers Casino Philadelphia, which operates online under its old SugarHouse name, had gross revenue of more than $2.97 million.

Slots accounted for more than $1.9 million, while table games revenue was more than $1.1 million.

With poker excluded, Rivers revenue was tops in online casino, including both slots and table games categories. 

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Hollywood and Parx still contending in online casino

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course was a distant third in total online revenue, but second when considering only online casino. With nearly $1.7 million in combined slots and table games, it narrowly beat out the revenue of PokerStars Casino.

Slots brought revenue of $1.47 million, far outperforming table games, which accounted for just $220,000.

Parx Casino was just behind Hollywood, with gross revenues of more than $1.52 million.

Slots revenue was just over $1 million while table games revenue came in at nearly $500k – a typical slots-to-tables ratio.

Unibet trails the field

The lowest gross revenue came in at just over $40ok for Unibet Casino, which launched in November via land-based partner Mohegan Sun Pocono.

Their performance was stunted in December by a minor loss of more than $36k at their table games. Thus all positive revenue was thanks to online slot play.

Time will tell if Unibet can close the large gap in online casino revenue, and which, if any operator, chooses to join PokerStars in the PA online poker waters in 2020.