A $50 Million June for PA Online Casino Promotes Recovery in Wounded Market

Amid a 51 percent year-over-year PA gaming revenue decline, online gambling in June remained a bright spot and hope is dawning for land-based casinos.

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 PGCB showed in their 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.

In June, online slots, table games, and online poker combined for $50 million in revenue, down a bit from the still record $55.8 million in May.

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 OperatorTotal RevenueSlots revenueTable 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. They 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 or 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 or 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 they have said they hope to launch in August.

Mohegan Sun Pocono had no sports revenue, nor did two still-shuttered offsite 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 peak out from the clouds.

PA iGaming Rides The Wave To More Than $55 Million In May Revenue

Online casinos in Pennsylvania continued to flourish in May with land-based options closed, reaching new highs in revenue and total wagers.

More than a billion, yes, billion with a ‘B’ was wagered on online slots in May. Pennsylvania posted a staggering record for online slot wagering at $1,064,660,897 in May.

Online gaming climbs with land-based betting closed

Revenue was $38.8 million during the month for online slots. The amount wagered on interactive table games was $778.5 million, with revenue of more than $12.4 million.

Adding in the revenue of nearly $4.6 million for online poker in PA, iGaming revenue reached a record $55.8 million in May. PokerStars PA remains the sole live poker operation in PA.

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

Online sports wagering made a solid contribution given lack of action

Online sports wagering saw $77.5 million in wagers, with $5.9 million in revenue, remarkable given how few the sportsbetting options were in May. That’s a 69% increase from a year ago.

Tax revenue from all forms of gaming in May 2020 was $25.76 million.

Record for online

Gamblers adapted to retail shutdowns with online games – slot machines, table games, and poker – jumping 30% over April 2020, which was a record in its own right, according to data released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB.)

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

Casino OperatorTotal RevenueTable Games revenueSlots revenue
Rivers Philly (SugarHouse & BetRivers)$17.6 million$2.5 million$15.1 million
Valley Forge (FanDuel)$8.0 million$3.3 million$4.7 million
Mt. Airy (PokerStars & FOXBet)$6.3 million$2.6 million$3.7 million
Penn National (Hollywood & DraftKings)$9.0 million$1.9 million$7.1 million
Parx Casino$6.9 million$1.4 million$5.5 million
Mohegan Sun Pocono (Unibet)$2.4 million$607,000$1.8 million
Presque Isle Downs (BetAmerica)$137,000$84,000$54,000
Harrah's Philly (Caesars)$931,000$30,000$901,000
Totals:$51.2 million$12.4 million$38.8 million

Casinos begin to reopen in June

Land-based gaming options were all shuttered for the entire month. Three casinos have reopened so far in June. Schedules for reopening the remaining nine gambling halls are beginning to trickle in.

Due to the closures, overall gaming revenue was down 79% in May of this year compared to May 2019.

The more than $55.8 million May online casino revenue figure was more than double the revenue generated from those games in March when revenue hit nearly $24.9 million. All brick-and-mortar casinos were closed in PA by March 17.

Top interactive sites

The biggest interactive operators were Penn National, including sites Hollywood and DraftKings, Rivers Philly which includes BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse, and Valley Forge which partners with FanDuel.

Rivers Philly accounted for $17.6 million in revenue, $15.1 million coming from slots.

Penn National accounted for $9 million, with $7.1 million from slots. DraftKings debuted in PA on May 1, launching under the Penn online casino license.

And Valley Forge (FanDuel) had revenue of $8 million, $4.7 million from slots.

Next month will begin to show revenue for retail locations once again. The question is how much, given the shift to online wagering for three months.

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