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

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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.

June PA Online Casino Sign-Up Bonuses, Promos And Casino Reopenings

Our monthly rundown of the latest online casino promotions and sign-up bonuses in Pennsylvania, plus the latest on live casino reopenings.

Two casinos, Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and The Meadows, officially welcomed guests back in Pennsylvania on June 9. Lady Luck Nemacolin in Farmington, PA, also reopened on June 12.

However, the rest of PA’s casinos remain closed for now. According to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the reopening of the other casinos will happen soon.

In fact, Hollywood Casino is set to reopen Friday, June 19. Mohegan Sun Pocono and Mount Airy Casino are also in counties going green on Friday.

Online casinos never stopped in PA

While the majority of casinos remain shuttered, you can still play PA online casino games on the go or from the comfort of your own home.

PA is just one of four states where online casinos are fully legalized and regulated. Therefore, you can play land-based casino games such as blackjack, slots, roulette and video poker without ever setting foot in a casino.

In fact, the iGaming market continues to expand in the Keystone State with the recent additions of DraftKings and Caesars. Now PA has a total of 10 online casinos.

In this month’s roundup on PA Online Casino, we recap:

  • Bonuses, plus June online casino promotions
  • Member rewards
  • What to expect as PA casinos reopen
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Unibet casino

New player bonus: Get $10 as a welcome bonus with no deposit required, along with a matched first deposit bonus of up to $500.

Current Unibet casino promotions: 

  • Table game race: Wager $1 on table games and get 1 point toward the leaderboard race.
  • Weekly deposit reload: 25% bonus of up to $50 on your first deposit on Thursdays.

PokerStars casino

In addition to offering online casino games, PokerStars PA also holds the title as the only online poker operator in Pennsylvania — for now.

New player bonus: Get a 100% matched deposit bonus of up to $1,500 on your first three deposits. Also, get up to $1,000 for slot bonuses in two mystery chests.

Current PokerStars casino promotion: Mystery Mega Prize up to $500 daily.

If you’re looking to play online poker, check out the PokerStars PA Summer Series happening June 18-28, with $750K in guaranteed prizes.

BetRivers / PlaySugarHouse online casino

New player bonus: First deposit matched bonus of 100%, up to $250.

BetRivers rewards: iRush loyalty plus bonus store points for real money wagers

Hollywood online casino

New player bonus: Get $25 just for creating a new account, along with a deposit match bonus of up to $500.

Current Hollywood casino promotion: Spring Into Summer by logging in daily

Rewards: mychoice reward program

Three other PA online casinos

There are also three other online casinos in the Keystone State:

The reopening of land-based casinos

According to the PGCB, there are health and safety requirements to be met or exceeded prior to brick-and-mortar casinos reopening:

  • Limited to 50% capacity
  • Everyone, employees and guests, must wear masks
  • No poker rooms for now
  • Increased availability of hand sanitation on gaming floors

Looking to Rivers Casino Pittsburgh and The Meadows, the two casinos are operating on limited hours, not 24/7.

Indeed, we can expect the rest of the casinos to follow suit as they reopen as well. PlayPennsylvania is updating a live blog for you to find out more about PA casino reopenings and what to expect when you head back to live gaming.

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.

DraftKings Online Casino Launches In Pennsylvania May 1

DraftKings online casino launched in Pennsylvania on May 1. Find out what games and features you can expect from the 10th casino to launch in the state.

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Just like that, DraftKings continues its ascent in the iGaming industry. Last Friday, the online sportsbook and daily fantasy sports operator officially became a publicly traded company with the DKNG ticker symbol on Nasdaq.

Following that, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) officially green-lit the soft launch of DraftKings during its meeting Wednesday.

Following a successful mandated testing period, the DraftKings online casino is officially launched as of May 1. It is the 10th online casino offering in the state.

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About DraftKings PA online casino

You can access the DraftKings PA online casino via desktop browsers as well as iOS or Android mobile devices.

Moreover, if you already have an account with the DraftKings sportsbook in PA, you can use your preexisting account and funds.

DraftKings PA online casino launched with 27 slots (from IGT), video poker and table games including blackjack and roulette. The company eventually plans to offer 280 games, which will be rolled out gradually.

In New Jersey, DraftKings also offers Live Dealer casino games. A DraftKings representative confirmed that Live Dealer games will be offered at its PA casino in the future, saying:

“While we do not have an exact time frame, all 280 options will follow quickly after launch, including those that feature a live dealer and those that are DraftKings branded.”

The rep also shared that casino players will be able to customize the felt design for table games with options such as sports and holiday themes.

Growing the DraftKings brand

DraftKings first built its name on becoming one of the top daily fantasy sports operators. Then the company took steps to be publicly traded. Now it can offer not just sports betting but online casinos, too.

DraftKings Chief Compliance Officer Tim Dent issued a statement Wednesday morning that said:

“DraftKings appreciates the collaborative working relationship we have established with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and thanks them for their thoughtful leadership in creating a consumer-focused, competitive iGaming market. We look forward to successfully completing the soft launch phase of the process and receiving our iGaming license so that we can be fully operational in Pennsylvania on May 1.”

Currently, the DraftKings online sportsbook partners with The Meadows in Pennsylvania, but The Meadows does not own an online casino license. For that reason, DraftKings will operate under the Hollywood Casino online gaming license; Hollywood is another property owned by Penn National.

This is possible even though Hollywood already has an online casino app. PA gaming regulations allow for multiple online casino skins under a single operator license. With the market-access deal between Penn and DraftKings, Hollywood is the obvious choice for DraftKings’ land-based casino partner.

DraftKings poised to gain strong market share of PA iGaming market

With the approval by the PGCB, DraftKings becomes the 10th online casino to enter the PA market. While it may be argued that DraftKings is entering a saturated PA online casino market, it seems that the operator is poised to make an immediate and sizable impact in Pennsylvania for various reasons.

First, brick-and-mortar casinos closed in March, which resulted in a record month for online gaming revenue. With land-based casinos remaining closed for the foreseeable future, it seems logical that the timing of the DraftKings launch in PA will only spell success.

Second, the DraftKings online sportsbook only entered the PA market in November 2019. However, within two months, the relative newcomer was already the second-largest online sportsbook, behind only FanDuel.

Despite being new to Pennsylvania, DraftKings already had a well-known brand and an established DFS customer base to build upon.

Now DraftKings will look to leverage those same assets to grab a share of the maturing PA iGaming market.