Second Best Month for PA Online Casinos As Revenue Tops $111 Million in September

Near-record revenue for PA online casinos helped spur another $400M-plus gaming revenue month in September.

Gaming is fully back in Pennsylvania, according to September revenue numbers.

And while casino properties have staged a recovery, the online play remains a huge revenue stream driver despite the reopening of physical properties, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) figures show.

Online casinos (including online slotsonline table games, and poker sites) produced $111.8 million in gross gaming revenue in September. That’s the second-most ever and seventh month in a row with gross gaming revenue above $100 million.

The monthly record of $113.8 million was set in May.

Total gaming revenue from all sources was up 45.58% year-over-year, from $285.5 million a year ago to $415.6 million this September.

Retail revenue

Retail remains huge, with $199.9 million in September slot revenue, up from $157.4 million a year back and table revenue at $84 million, up from $59.1 million.

Operators have seen online and retail work together when tied to brands and reward card offers.

Online gaming revenue

September iGaming revenue represented a 61.3% increase from a year ago when revenue was $69.4 million. It was also up 8.4% over August’s $103.2 million.

The online win (AGR) for September came in at $97.8 million of taxable revenue, yielding $41.7 million in state and local taxes.

Online casino and poker sites generated $3.7 million in gross gaming revenue a day over the 30 days of September. That’s up from $3.3 million per day in August.

Poker revenue from four sites up year-over-year

Poker by itself accounted for $2.9 million from the four sites with Mount Airy’s PokerStars still dominating with $1.9 million in revenue.

Following poker sites were:

  • WSOP.com (Harrah’s Philadelphia): $603,466
  • BetMGM (Hollywood Casino Grantville): $270,816
  • Borgata (Rivers Philadelphia): $93,775

A year ago, poker accounted for about $2.4 million from just PokerStars.

PA online casino operator revenue in September 2021

LicenseeOnline Brand(s)Total RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games RevenuePoker Revenue
Hollywood Penn NationalHollywood | DraftKings | BetMGM | Barstool$42,992,653$28,998,279$13,723,557$270,816
Rivers PhiladelphiaSugarHouse | BetRivers | Borgata$31,110,443$27,335,188$3,681,480$93,775
Valley ForgeFanDuel | Stardust$16,714,794$10,738,251$5,976,544$0
Mount AiryPokerStars$7,259,334$4,127,699$1,174,848$1,956,788
ParxParx$4,135,579$3,711,302$424,277$0
Harrah's PhiladelphiaCaesars$3,027,604$1,968,673$455,465$603,466
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet$2,526,517$2,286,049$240,468$0
Wind CreekWind Creek$1,954,257$1,774,073$180,184$0
Presque IsleTwinSpires$1,261,785$886,935$374,850$0
Live PhiladelphiaPlayLive | Betway$962,615$851,029$111,586$0
Total$111,945,582$82,677,476$26,343,260$2,924,846

Penn National and Rivers Philadelphia remain atop the online revenue leaderboard

Penn National and its iGaming brands – DraftKings, BetMGM, Barstool, and Hollywood casinos – dominated with $43 million in gross revenue.

Rivers Philadelphia – with SugarHouse, Borgata, and BetRivers – remained in the second position with $31.1 million.

Sports wagering

Overall, the sports wagering handle for September 2021 was $527.4 million

The total sports handle the year before was nearly $462.8 million, and that was more than double September 2019, when the handle was just $194.5 million.

The taxable sports wagering revenue figure for September 2021 was $28.2 million, or 351% higher than the September 2020 taxable revenue of $6.2 million.

This September, FanDuel Sportsbook (via Valley Forge Casino) accounted for nearly 35 percent of the handle or $183.6 million. FanDuel also had the highest hold percentage at 11.6% with revenue of $21.2 million.

The average hold across the board among 13 operators was 7.8%. Promo spending remained large at $19.6 million, with FanDuel/Valley Forge giving away $7.2 million.

State and local taxes from sports betting for September were $7.5 million.

VGTs up and fantasy flat

Four operators of 295 video gaming terminals or VGTs were up about $1 million from a year ago.

This Sept. VGT revenue was $3.4 million led by nearly $2.2 million from Penn National’s Marquee. It was just under $2.4 million in 2020.

Fantasy contests were flat year-over-year at about $3.2 million.

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DraftKings Casino Promos Keep PA Players On Their Toes

DraftKings Casino promos are a common thing on the app in Pennsylvania but they can change frequently, so checking in regularly is key.

It’s been said that the only constant is change. That’s not any more true of anything in life than the Pennsylvania online casino industry. For instance, DraftKings Casino promos change frequently to accommodate a wide array of tastes.

If you don’t like the offerings on a particular day, there’s no reason to be dismayed. Variances in the terms of deals, the games involved, and rewards come often. You should soon find something more to your liking.

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Examples of regular DraftKings casino promos

On Sundays in PA, DraftKings frequently activates a Casino No Brainer promo. Typically, these involve staking a very low amount on a specific game on the casino side.

Recently, DraftKings offered $5 in casino credit and a $5 free sportsbook bet in exchange for betting just $1 on a hand of Touchdown Blackjack. Even if you had lost that dollar, the $10 in free bets could still give you a great return on that wager.

Another example is Freaky Fridays at DraftKings. Right now, if you stake at least $25 playing DraftKings Spooky Roulette, you’ll get $5 in casino credit in addition to any winnings.

Next week, the games involved and rewards in these promos could all change. PA online casino players also know DraftKings for having regular leaderboard contests and bonuses for streaks of winning hands at card games.

In addition to regular promos, new customers can also take advantage of our exclusive welcome offer, which includes:

  • $60 in free credits just for signing up
  • $25 free upon first deposit
  • 100% first-time deposit match up to $2,000 (see playthrough requirements)

Just like with any other promos, it’s important to understand the terms and conditions before you choose to try them. That way, you know exactly how to take advantage of the deals and how to maximize their value.

Understanding the terms of these promos

Perhaps the most important aspect of any casino promo to comprehend is the playthrough requirement attached to rewards. Usually at DraftKings, the requirement for casino credit is 1x.

That means you have to risk any credit you receive in a game before you can withdraw it as winnings. Some larger credits might come with a 2x or 3x playthrough mandate, which would mean you would have to stake the promotional amount twice or three times before you could actually count it as real money.

Speaking of real money, that’s what you nearly always have to use to earn these types of rewards. So, if you’ve got casino credit from another promotion or DK Dollars, you can’t earn more casino credit with those “currencies.” Only US dollars that you have deposited will do.

Another very important thing to pay attention to is any expiration date and time for a promo you’re considering. Because of these frequent changes, sometimes these promos can only be valid for a day or even a matter of hours.

Find more DraftKings Casino promos on the app

All of this information and more is readily available on the app if you tap on the promotion you’re looking at. Most of the promos require you to opt-in, so be sure to do so if you want to participate. If you have any further questions, that’s what DraftKings’ customer service is for.

It’s perfectly alright to be picky when it comes to when you play on DraftKings Casino and in which games. You might just want to check the app regularly to make sure you don’t miss any promos tailored to your interests.

August Online Casino Revenue Jumps 59% Year-Over-Year With Penn National and Rivers Leading

PA online casinos and poker sites combined for over $100 million in gross gaming revenue for the sixth month straight in August.

Gaming, with a few exceptions, appears recovered from the pandemic in Pennsylvania, though there are quirks with individual operators. And online play remains a significant revenue stream despite the reopening of physical casinos.

In August, the gross gaming revenue for iGaming, which is online slots and online table games combined with online poker, was more than $103.2 million, the sixth straight month above $100 million. GGR was quite steady month-over-month, down just 1.2% from $104.5 million in July.

Taxable iGaming revenue for August ($88.7 million) was up a whopping 58.6%, from $55.9 million last August, according to figures from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).

The online record of $111.6 million was set in March.

Gaming landscape in PA has changed

It has been a year of change, and not just because of the virus.

There are three additional brick-and-mortar casinos this year: Live! Philadelphia, Live! Pittsburgh and Hollywood Casino York

All land-based casinos are fully back, though some have staffing issues left from the pandemic.

And there are now 17 PA online casinos and four online poker sites, which seems to say online wagering is not just a phase. Online has increasingly tilted to slots so far this year, with an upwards swing of about 10 percent of overall iGaming revenue just this year.

Online Slots, Table games, and Poker Revenue in 2021

That might partially explain why four land-based casinos have asked the PGCB to allow them to remove more than 1,200 slot machines from casino floors. Though the unfettered proliferation of unregulated gambling machines outside casinos likely also plays a role.

Total revenue up 31 percent in a year

Total combined taxable gaming revenue in PA during August 2021 was just above $408 million.

That represents an increase of over 31% over total revenue for last August when it was just under $310.1 million.

Keep in mind there are three additional brick-and-mortar casinos this year, with Hollywood York being open for 20 days during August 2021.

Two companies dominated online casinos: Penn National and Rivers Philly

Betting on online casino games remained brisk, hitting $3.2 billion in August, about even with July.

Online casinos and online poker generated $3.3 million in gross gaming revenue per day over the 31 days of August, narrowly down from $3.4 million per day in July.

Online slots accounted for $80.8 million of the total revenue online, while online table games tallied another $19.2 million.

Just two companies together accounted for nearly two-thirds – 64% – of the iGaming market revenue.

Penn National and their brands Hollywood, DraftKings, and BetMGM dominated with 34% of the iGaming market, followed by Rivers Philadelphia, with brands SugarHouse, BetRivers, and Borgata combining for 29.8% of the market.

Together the two accounted for nearly $26.9 million in state and local taxes from iGaming out of the total tax paid of almost $39.4 million.

In August, the two were the tops for giving away promotional play, more than $4.6 million Hollywood Penn National and nearly $3.7 million for Rivers Philly. Total promo play in August was $14.5 million.

Online poker

Online poker at four properties combined for revenue of nearly $3.2 million in August, up from $2.6 million in July.

Mount Airy‘s Poker Stars took in more than $1.9 million, Harrah’s (WSOP.com) accounted for $819,249, Hollywood (BetMGM) collected $345,983, and Rivers Philadelphia (Borgata) kicked in $117,440.

It was the first full month for WSOP PA, which also hosted the first-ever online bracelet series for PA players during August.

PA online casino operator revenue in August 2021

LicenseeOnline Brand(s)Total RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games RevenuePoker Revenue
Hollywood Penn NationalHollywood | DraftKings | BetMGM | Barstool$35,093,596$27,860,328$6,887,285$345,983
Rivers PhiladelphiaSugarHouse | BetRivers | Borgata$30,796,907$26,946,890$3,732,578$117,440
Valley ForgeFanDuel | Stardust$15,274,431$9,920,857$5,353,575$0
Mount AiryPokerStars$7,548,670$4,415,359$1,218,991$1,914,320
ParxParx$4,118,526$3,631,875$486,650$0
Harrah's PhiladelphiaCaesars$3,038,942$1,997,924$221,769$819,249
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet$2,409,303$2,057,488$351,816$0
Wind CreekWind Creek$1,753,565$1,580,717$172,849$0
Live PhiladelphiaPlayLive | Betway$1,648,126$1,373,312$274,814$0
Presque IsleTwinSpires$1,563,500$1,061,280$502,220$0
Total$103,245,566$80,846,027$19,202,547$3,196,992

Sports wagering gets an August bump

The taxable revenue from August 2021 for overall sports betting was $18 million, compared to $18.2 million in August of last year, a decrease of 1.5%, PGCB figures show. GGR was $25.3 million in August.

The total sports wagering handle was $348.5 million, a 14% increase from July. Valley Forge (FanDuel Sportsbook) accounted for $137.3 million and The Meadows (DraftKings Sportsbook) brought in $81.3 million. The two together owned nearly two-thirds (62.7%) of the market. The Meadows was up nearly 419%.

Online sports betting dwarfed retail sports wagering, with August online revenue $22 million and retail revenue just $3.3 million.

VGTs and fantasy

Four operators of video gaming terminals or VGTs had total August revenue of more than $3.6 million from 290 machines at 58 locations, according to the PGCB.

Fantasy sports continued a long decline, down more than 24.5% from a year ago, with August revenue of just $1.6 million, down from $2.1 million 12 months ago. But it was about a $100K increase from July.

Lead image via Dreamstime.

Record July for PA Gaming Marked by Another $100 Million-Plus Month for Online Casinos

Another record month for PA gaming revenue is highlighted by a fifth straight month of online casino revenue over $100 million.

Pennsylvania’s new fiscal year began with a bang for PA online casino revenue, bringing in more than $100 million in gross revenue for the fifth straight month.

The state’s iGaming gross revenue for July was more than $104.5 million, down slightly from $110.7 million in June and the record $111.6 million from March.

Taxable online casino revenue jumped 63% compared to July 2020. The increase for overall taxable gaming revenue from July 2020 when some virus closures and restrictions persisted was a walloping increase of 49.7% year-over-year. Compared to July 2019, overall gaming revenue increased 51% in July 2021.

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Of the total revenue in July, $79.1 million came from online slot games, $22.9 million from online table games, and nearly $2.6 million from poker.

Slots accounted for the majority of the monthly increase, up from $72.4 million in June. Table games online were down from $26 million in June. Poker saw a small uptick from $2.4 million in June.

But online poker was down by 13.1% compared to a year ago, despite more sites to choose from now.

Tax revenue from iGaming in July was $38.2 million. In the two years since they launched, the Keystone State’s online casinos and online poker options have brought in $508.1 million in state and local taxes.

FY 2021/22 begins with strong July revenue numbers overall

Total revenue in July 2021 generated from all forms of gaming regulated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board including fantasy contests was more than $423.6 million – a new record.

Land-based casino games continued their recovery from the height of the pandemic with monthly table games achieving a record for revenue and monthly slot machine revenue placing 4th all-time.

But recovery for brick-and-mortar casinos was uneven according to the PGCB figures.

Rivers Pittsburgh (102.6%), Rivers Philadelphia (100.5%), Hollywood Casino at Penn National (92.3%), and Valley Forge Casino (86.0%) had the biggest bounce-backs. Note that Rivers Pittsburgh was closed for seven days in July 2020 and Rivers Philadelphia was closed for 16 days that month.

On the other hand, Harrah’s Philadelphia saw a decrease of just more than 29%, and Mount Airy Casino (-7.3%) and Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin (-4.5%) were also down, though only by a small percentage.

Other gambling verticals also up

The video gaming terminal segment was up more than 80% and daily fantasy sports revenue was up nearly 70%.

Sports wagering stayed strong with taxable revenue during July 2021 for sports wagering at more than $19.8 million compared to just more than $8.1 million last July. That’s an increase of 144%. Online sports wagering accounted for more than $17.1 million. FanDuel Sportsbook, under Valley Forge Casino, remains the clear leader in handle and revenue.

PA online casino operator revenue in July 2021

LicenseeOnline Brand(s)Total RevenueMkt. %Slots RevenueTable Games RevenuePoker Revenue
Hollywood Penn NationalHollywood | DraftKings | BetMGM | Barstool$36,873,37134.0%$27,869,397$8,713,391$290,583
Rivers PhiladelphiaSugarHouse | BetRivers | Borgata$30,919,66329.8%$26,674,205$4,160,848$84,611
Valley ForgeFanDuel | Stardust$15,284,24214.8%$8,289,812$6,994,430$0
Mount AiryPokerStars$7,178,6277.3%$3,930,394$1,268,700$1,979,533
ParxParx$5,004,8884.0%$4,624,029$380,859$0
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet$2,885,6552.9%$2,431,628$454,027$0
Harrah's PhiladelphiaCaesars$2,091,4272.3%$1,551,338$298,397$241,691
Wind CreekWind Creek$1,991,1961.7%$1,790,077$201,120$0
Presque IsleTwinSpires$1,244,7821.6%$1,118,069$126,713$0
Live PhiladelphiaPlayLive | Betway$1,065,4651.3%$804,838$260,627$0
Total$104,539,316$79,083,787$22,859,110$2,596,418

Online revenue leaders in July with Penn National at the top

Penn National’s Hollywood Casino with Hollywood, DraftKings, BetMGM, and Barstool brands continued dominance in PA with aggregate online revenue topping $36.8 million. More than $27.9 million came from slots, $8.7 million from table games, and nearly $291K from poker.

Rivers with the brands SugarHouse, BetRivers, and Borgata was a strong second online at nearly $31 million. Online slots accounted for $26.7 million. Table games kicked in $4.2 million. Poker anted up nearly $85K.

Valley Forge rounded out the top three with $15.3 million in total online revenue via FanDuel and StarDust. Slots accounted for about $8.3 million while table games added nearly $7.0 million.

Lead image credit: AP Photo/David Goldman

What Does DraftKings Purchase of Golden Nugget Online Gaming Mean For Pennsylvania?

A recently announced DraftKings Golden Nugget takeover has implications for the future of online casino gambling in Pennsylvania.

There’s so much inside baseball to the DraftKings Golden Nugget takeover that an MLB umpire might issue it a warning. However, there are also some nuggets that the average Pennsylvania online casino player should be aware of.

Those include what this means for the ongoing wait for one of the most popular online casino brands finally going live in PA, what could change with DraftKings Casino in PA, and whether the changes will be a net benefit to players.

Details of the DraftKings Golden Nugget purchase

On Monday, DraftKings announced an all-stock play for Golden Nugget Online Gaming (GNOG). Since Fertitta Entertainment spun GNOG off and took the company public last year, this might have been the desired result all along.

The value of the DraftKings stock that will change hands, upon regulatory approval, is around $1.56 billion. GNOG CEO Tillman Fertitta will be the recipient of most of that value. In addition, Fertitta will take a seat on DraftKings’ board.

The company expects the transaction to close sometime early next year. In exchange for the stock and giving Fertitta some say in the company, DraftKings gets one of the strongest online casino brands in the country.

In Pennsylvania right now, that doesn’t have much relevance. Despite being fully licensed and approved, Golden Nugget has yet to launch its online casino app in PA. Could DraftKings’ takeover hasten that launch? That depends on your frame of reference.

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Will DraftKings light a fire under Golden Nugget PA?

Given that regulators still need to approve this transaction, immediate action on this front is quite unlikely. It simply wouldn’t make sense to mobilize the necessary resources to launch in a new market with an ownership change pending.

However, once the acquisition closes, that might be a different story. It would also be illogical to invest over a billion dollars into a product and not activate every possible avenue for recouping that investment. The online casino market in PA represents one such avenue.

DraftKings could use its resources to immediately begin working on taking Golden Nugget online casino live in PA. That might include launching the casino under a name like “Golden Nugget Casino by DraftKings.” However, that’s pure speculation right now.

What seems less speculative is how the two brands could co-exist in PA under the same roof. In fact, PA online casino players have already seen this exact phenomenon already.

What BetMGM and Borgata tell us about the future

In PA, BetMGM Casino and Borgata Casino are the equivalents of “siblings.” MGM operates and owns both brands. For that reason, players on both apps often see identical promotions and the same exclusive game titles. Players on both apps also can participate in the M Life rewards program.

Once Golden Nugget is live in PA, players on that app and DraftKings Casino might see some of the same collaborations. Games that are exclusive to DraftKings Casino and Golden Nugget Casino might become available on both platforms.

Additionally, players might be able to earn and use DraftKings Crowns on either casino app. What seems quite certain is that if and when DraftKings does take Golden Nugget Casino live in PA, it will support that rollout with plenty of advertising and introductory bonuses for new customers.

The same thing will likely apply past the initial period in regard to promotions. There could be a lot of crossover between the two brands. Is the possible rollout of a DraftKings-owned Golden Nugget Casino in PA a win for DraftKings or players? The answer could be both.

The upsides of DraftKings purchase of Golden Nugget

DraftKings Casino is already among the market leaders in PA. If it launches Golden Nugget Casino and that brand starts taking market share away from competitors, that’s obviously a win for DraftKings.

As long as those competitors are determined to fight for that market share and not succumb to DraftKings’ pilfering, players stand to benefit from that contest. The sparring for position might mean more frequent and lucrative deals for players to get in on.

Naturally, should DraftKings become too much of a behemoth in the PA online casino game, that could have a detrimental effect on players’ bankrolls. The incentive to make games with a better return-to-player percentage, for example, disappears.

The parties that stand to lose the most from the DraftKings Golden Nugget takeover could be the other online casino providers in PA. For the here and now, players should just watch the news to see if DraftKings has any more to say about Golden Nugget’s future in PA.

PlayLive! Online Casino Launches Live Dealer Games In Pennsylvania

PlayLive! Casino live dealer games are now available in the app, offering a new online blackjack and roulette experience for customers.

The diversity of online blackjack and online roulette games for Pennsylvania online casino players has grown. PlayLive! live dealer games are ready for your perusal on the app and website right now. Although those options are currently limited to those two games, it’s a great step in the right direction.

Pennsylvanians who might have been waiting to try PlayLive! until it offered live dealer games, this is your chance to take advantage of the online casino’s welcome offer. For PlayLive! casino regulars, it’s another way to pad your rewards account.

Details of the new PlayLive! live dealer games

The Cordish Companies, owner of the Live! Casino Hotel Philadelphia, announced the additions Monday. For those who may not be familiar with the concept of live dealer games, they essentially offer you a “seat” at a real gaming table with an actual human being running the game but you access it through an online app or website.

Players view the action through a live video stream. The game’s functions allow you to chat with and tip the dealer. You see your odds, potential payouts, and put down your wager all through the user interface. So, although you are potentially across the state, you still get the feel of being right there with the dealer at the table.

Because they allow players to access some of the best of both worlds, offering the convenience of online casino play while still delivering a lot of the in-person experience, these games are extremely popular. In turn, that’s the reason PlayLive! has worked with Evolution Gaming on adding them to its menu.

“We are always striving to elevate the gaming experience for our players, whether at our properties or in the comfort of their own homes, so adding live dealers to our PlayLive! app is a natural and exciting evolution for us,” said Cordish Gaming Group President Rob Norton. “There is nothing that compares to the excitement of a live dealer game. We look forward to extending that experience to our PlayLive! customers across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

Players can “take a seat” for live blackjack and roulette on the PlayLive! website or either its Android or iOS app. That gives Pennsylvanians another reason to try or return to the casino, which will reward you for your patronage.

Current promos for new and veteran PlayLive! online casino customers

PlayLive! offers several ongoing promotions, one of the best of which is for first-time depositors. PlayLive! will match your first deposit, at a rate of 125%, up to $750. In addition, new users get 25 free slot spins.

If you have or sign up for a Live! Rewards account and link it to your PlayLive! account, you get $25 in free slot play. Current limited-time promotions include:

  • Bet $100, Get $25: Opt-in then make at least $100 in bets on any eligible IGT slots. PlayLive! will credit your account with $25, which you can use on anything but live dealer games
  • Fast & Freedom Giveaway: Opt-in then link your Live! Rewards account to your PlayLive! account. For every 50 tier credits you earn between now and 11:59 p.m. on July 29, you’ll receive one entry for drawings set to take place at Live! Casino Hotel Philadelphia. Prizes include $30,000 in slot play and new cars.
  • Lucky #77 Leaderboard: Opt-in then play any slot title(s). For each dollar you wager, you earn one point toward your standing on a weekly leaderboard. The top 10 placeholders and the account sitting in 77th place on Fridays in July get a share of $1,000 in bonus play.

With these additions, PlayLive! becomes the 10th PA online casino to offer some form of live dealer games. As the market continues to mature, it will be difficult to compete without this offering. Players can now decide for themselves how these games stack up to the competition.

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Pennsylvania Online Casinos Packed And Ready For Summer 2021 With Promos and Bonuses

With the onset of summer just a few days away, Pennsylvania online casino promotions are ready to help players stay cool as the temps rise.

Pennsylvania casinos are resuming normal operations and dropping mask mandates for vaccinated guests. But that doesn’t mean PA online casinos aren’t still vying for gamblers’ attention. On the contrary, Pennsylvania online casino promotions and bonus offers are heating up.

Limited-time deals for in-app play on Blackjack, roulette, slots, and video poker are ready for your perusal right now. Given the volume of legal casino apps in PA and how eager their operators are to secure your wagers, summer 2021 looks to be a great time to be an online gambler in PA.

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To get a good grasp of what options are available to supplement your iGaming enjoyment in the Keystone State, the following items are pertinent:

  • Expansions in catalogs of available games
  • June online casino promos
  • Reward programs
  • Sign-up bonuses

Pennsylvania online casino promotions for BetMGM and Borgata players

While these brands maintain separate customer rolls due to operating under different licenses, MGM owns both brands. Thus, you’ll see many of the same features and games on both apps. The least of those isn’t participation in MGM’s M Life Rewards program. You can earn points in that system on both/either app(s).

Current promotions: The Coin Flip promo is currently active on both apps. It’s pretty straightforward, too. Call which side a virtual coin will land on and if you’re right, you get prizes of site credit in various denominations. Both apps are also offering a Play & Earn promo with extra rewards of up to $200 but on Borgata PA Casino, that promo is only good on Thursdays. BetMGM is also running a deal around the Fjord of Riches Roulette Pro SP. Wager at least $10 and you will get $5 in free play.

New member sign-up bonuses: BetMGM PA Casino offers $25 in free play to all new accounts and a 100% match of your first deposit up to $1,000. Borgata’s introductory offer is identical on the first deposit match but the initial free play is just $20.

Reward program: As previously mentioned, players on both apps can participate in MGM’s M Life Rewards program. Gameplay earns points at the same rate on either app, so there’s no advantage to playing one over the other if this is important to you.

Slots: BetMGM offers 180 different titles from producers like IGT, NetEnt, and SGC. Borgata’s catalog of slots slightly bests that with 185 different options. Among them are several games with progressive jackpots. Those include Mercy of the Gods, Loot’En Khamun, Dead Sea Scrolls, and the exclusive MGM Grand Millions. As of June 18, jackpots on many of the progressive titles sat at over $214,000.

New slots: Recently added titles available on both apps include 5 Treasures, Bounty Raid, and Smokin’ Triples.

Table and card games: Several standard versions and variants of Blackjack and roulette. Minimums start at just $0.25.

Does BetMGM and Borgata Casino in PA have live dealer? Yes.

Video poker: Variants of poker available on these apps include 5-, 10- and Triple-Play Draw Poker. Minimums in those games start at a mere dime.

Caesars PA Online Casino

Caesars online casino has been up and running in PA for just over a year, launching in April of 2020.

Current promotions: Throughout the month of June, Caesars is offering a $15,000 Casino Bonus Play Giveaway. Visiting the app’s “My Bonuses & Offers” tabs gives players a daily chance at a share of $15,000 in free play.

New member sign-up bonus: First-time deposit match at a 100% rate up to $2,021.

Reward program: Players can link their Caesars Rewards accounts to earn tier rewards on the app. New customers can also register for Caesars Rewards through the app.

Slots: 91 different titles with games representing studios like Bally, IGT, and NetEnt.

New slots: Games that Caesars has recently added include Gonzo’s Quest, Lightning Leopard, and Monopoly Big Spin.

Table and card games: Baccarat and Blackjack in both live dealer and video formats. Caesars also offers Casino War to players. Minimums for the three Blackjack games start at $0.10. The three baccarat titles have a minimum of $1.

Does Caesars Casino in PA have live dealer?: Yes

Video poker: Four-Card, Let It Ride, and Three-Card variants are available on the app with plays available for as little as a dime.

DraftKings PA Online Casino

On May 1, 2020, DraftKings Casino in PA joined the state’s iGaming roster. It could soon become the first and only PA online casino to offer craps.

Current promotions: For the entire month of June, DraftKings offers the Pride Month Lossback. Players who play the exclusive DK Pride Blackjack game get 25% of their net losses back in site credit, up to $100. Also, every Tuesday in June from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., DraftKings offers a special leaderboard with various prizes.

Every weekday this month from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., DraftKings has a “Happy Hour” leaderboard with special prizes as well. Finally, DraftKings’ Summer Leaderboard Legends Series has begun for which players can secure a share of $5 million in prizes for ranking on.

New member sign-up bonus: $45 Free + 100% match of your first deposit, up to $1,500.

Reward program: Players can earn Crowns for gameplay and referrals. They can then exchange Crowns for DK Dollars (site credit) and other prizes offered at certain times.

Slots: DraftKings has a massive library of 162 slot titles including Cleopatra, Wheel of Fortune – Triple Extreme Spin, The Wild Life and Smash the Pig. Four Mega Jackpots titles have progressive jackpots that sit at $733,000 as of June 18.

New slots: DraftKings recently added several games like Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx, KGB Bears, and Monopoly Utility Trails to its slot catalog.

Table and card games: DraftKings offers a variety of themed Blackjack, baccarat, and roulette titles. Pai Gow and War are also among the table game options. Minimums start at a dime for Blackjack, a quarter for roulette, and a dollar for baccarat.

Does DraftKings Casino in PA have live dealer?: Yes

Video poker: Starting at just a dime minimum, DraftKings has four different video poker games. Those titles include 5-Play Draw, 10-Play Draw, Game King, and Triple-Play Draw variants.

FanDuel PA online Casino

Pennsylvania is ground zero for this brand, as FanDuel PA Casino made its global debut in PA on Jan. 24, 2020. It has since spread to other markets but it all started in the Keystone State.

Current promotions: For the month of June in PA, FanDuel offers a different promotion for four of the five weekdays. Wednesdays currently don’t have a specific promo tied to them. The other four weekday-specific deals are:

  • Mondays – FanDuel will comp losses while playing live dealer games up to $20
  • Tuesdays – Earn a special bonus for playing Blackjack
  • Thursdays – FanDuel will comp losses on video table games up to $10
  • Fridays – Opt-in and get $10 of free play on the Triple Diamond slot game

New member sign-up bonus: FanDuel will cover 100% of your losses over your first 24 hours of play after registration with site credit, up to $200.

Reward program: FanDuel Points earn you free play and other prizes offered on a limited-time basis simply for playing the available catalog of games. Players can also work their way into different tiers of the FanDuel Players’ Club with frequent play.

Slots: FanDuel’s extensive offering of games includes the popular progressive jackpot titles 88 Fortunes, Divine Fortunes, and Golden Goddess. Altogether, FanDuel currently offers 90 different slot titles on its app.

New slots: Newer games on the menu include Cleopatra Gold, Lobstermania 2, and Jungle Spirit Call of the Wild.

Table and card games: Baccarat, Blackjack, and roulette await players on FanDuel. FanDuel offers three different baccarat games, six Blackjack options, and three types of roulette. War is also available. Minimums for these games range from a dime to a dollar.

Does FanDuel Casino in PA have live dealer? Yes

Video poker: Game King and Ultimate Texas Hold’Em Plus.

Stars Casino by PokerStars

All the way back in November 2019 Stars Casino PA by Pokerstars became one of the Pennsylvania online casino promotions OGs. It hasn’t stopped rolling out the deals over nearly two years in the market since.

Current promotions: Stars Casino offers Daily Blackjack Insurance for the month of June. For your first five hands of Blackjack play every day during the month, Stars Casino will credit your account with half of your net, up to $25. There are also other regular deals that all players can get in on. These include daily bonuses for log-ins and social media interactions.

New member sign-up bonus: The Bet $1, Get $50 Casino Bonus is just for new players. As the name suggests, wager at least a dollar on any game, and Stars Casino will credit your account with $50 in promotional value.

Reward program: Players can earn Stars Rewards credits by playing games and completing other actions. Stars Rewards give players free play and other prizes based on accumulation and limited-time offers.

Slots: Stars Casino boasts several exclusive slots such as Cobra Cash, Flamin’ Elle, and The Imperial Kitchen. The diversity of 89 titles also includes popular progressive jackpot games like Divine Fortune and Mercy of the Gods. As of June 18, the jackpot on Divine Fortune sat at over $129,000.

New slots: Among the fresher items on this menu are Dark King Forbidden Riches, Hotline 2, and Twin Spin.

Table and card games: In addition to Atlantic City Premium Blackjack, players will find baccarat and three different roulette games. Minimum bets range from a dime to a dollar within this category.

Does Stars Casino in PA have live dealer?: Yes

Video poker: This is a strength for Stars Casino as the choices in this category are robust. 10 different variants of video poker are available, including Aces & Eights, Deuces Wild, and Jacks or Better.

Unibet Casino

Unibet Casino is also one of the first brands to go live in PA, as only four others preceded it. Since then it has worked to keep up with all the competition, maintaining an impressive array of games and promotions.

Current promotions: On the casino side in PA, Unibet offers a weekly leaderboard just for table games with $3,000 in prizes. Also, Unibet gives customers a 25% bonus when they make deposits on Thursdays.

New member sign-up bonus: $10 in free play just for registering your account then a 100% match of your first deposit up to $750.

Reward program: Unibet doesn’t yet have a standing rewards program for players in PA. However, its standing promotions act in lieu of such a program.

Slots: Titles exclusive to Unibet include A Girl’s Best Friend, Barnyard Frenzy, and Candy Blast. Several progressive jackpot games are also available. That includes the exclusive Jackpot Shores, the value of which rests at more than $302,000 on June 18.

New slots: Perhaps the most popular newer game is the Eagles Online Slot, which also boasts a progressive jackpot in addition to being officially licensed by the Philadelphia NFL team. Other slots new to Unibet include Cleopatra Gold and Dragon Palace.

Table and card games: An Eagles-branded Blackjack title adds to the menu of two other Blackjack games. Players can also choose between baccarat and seven different roulette games. Unibet also offers War.

Does Unibet Casino in PA have live dealer? Yes

Video poker: Four-card and Let it Ride embody the modest array of video poker games.

With all these promotions, the summer of 2021 could be a busy if not lucrative one for PA online casino players. Players who like to hunt bonuses certainly have no lack of options across these and other PA online casino apps.

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Near Record May for PA Online Casinos as Revenue Tops $100 Million Yet Again

PA online casino revenue hit a near-record $110.7 million in May 2021, led by Penn National and Rivers Philadelphia iGaming brands.

May was a near record-breaking month for Pennsylvania iGaming, including online slots, table games, and poker. PA online casino gross gaming revenue (GGR) was just more than $110.7 million for the month, according to revenue reports from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The total fell just shy of the record $111.6 million set in March, and just above April’s $105.4 million figure.

Online slot revenue was more than $76.7 million in May, and online table games accounted for nearly $31.4 million.

Tax revenue generated from internet gaming during this May was $41.7 million, according to the PGCB.

Poker makes a tiny gain despite first full month with three operators

Pennsylvania online poker had just Mount Airy‘s PokerStars PA for much of its history. Still, even with two more operators during the entire month of May, revenue barely nudged up from $2.4 million in April to $2.6 million in May.

Longtime provider PokerStars PA lost a little ground to the new guys, dropping to just more than $2.2 million in May from $2.3 million in April. But it remains solidly in the revenue lead.

Hollywood Casino Grantville’s BetMGM Poker added $279K to the pot, while Borgata Poker, aligned with Rivers Philadelphia, added just $67K.

The numbers show online poker interest – and revenue – in PA has plateaued, down more than 50% since the robust play the game experienced a year ago when COVID-19 restrictions kept players out of brick-and-mortar casino poker rooms.

Revenue beyond online casino and poker

Sources of all gaming revenue regulated by the PGCB include slot machines, table games, internet gaming, sports wagering, fantasy contests, and VGTs.

The combined total revenue in May 2021 generated from all forms of gaming and fantasy contests was more than $413.1 million.

Total tax revenue before any adjustments was $169.3 million.

PA sports betting dips in May 2021, but surpasses $5B in handle for the fiscal year

PA sports bettors wagered $447.5 million in May, according to figures released by the PGCB. That’s a 6% decrease in handle since April.

But PA sportsbooks reported $37.4 million in revenue, a $1.4 million increase from the previous month. Bets were made largely through online sports betting apps.

April numbers pushed Pennsylvania sportsbooks over the $5 billion mark in wagers in the fiscal year with one month left to go.

PA online casino operator revenue in May 2021

LicenseeOnline Brand(s)Total RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games RevenuePoker Revenue
HollywoodHollywood | DraftKings | BetMGM$43,471,799$27,521,047$15,671,987$278,765
Rivers PhiladelphiaSugarHouse | BetRivers | Borgata$30,704,877$26,773,912$3,863,711$67,254
Valley ForgeFanDuel | Stardust$17,567,289$8,803,243$8,764,046--
Mount AiryPokerStars$8,617,943$4,790,479$1,570,054$2,257,411
ParxParx$5,179,401$4,768,164$411,237--
Mohegan SunUnibet$2,360,658$2,017,391$343,268--
Harrah'sCaesars$2,056,429$1,658,806$397,624--
Presque IsleTwinSpires$989,068$760,907$228,161--
Live PhiladelphiaPlayLive$856,670$809,279$47,391--
Wind CreekWind Creek-$1,034,051-$1,135,972$101,921--
Total$110,770,084$76,767,256$31,399,399$2,603,430

Penn National’s Hollywood still dominates in the online gaming space

Hollywood’s online gaming brands Hollywood CasinoDraftKings Casino, and BetMGM PA Casino, continued to dominate, combining for more than $43.4 million from iGaming. That again makes them the leader among 13 online casinos live during May. In PA, each land-based iGaming license holder can partner with up to three “skins” or online casino brands.

The PA-based company topped slots revenue with $27.5 million, up from $24.4 million the previous month. They also dominated in online table games, grabbing $15.6 million in revenue.

Poker chipped in nearly $279K in its first full month of having BetMGM Poker PA live.

Rivers Philadelphia in the second position

Gross online gaming revenue for Rivers Philadelphia, including SugarHouseBetRivers Casino, and Borgata Poker, crept up to $30.7 million, a smidge above April’s $30.4 million.

For online slots, revenue was nearly $26.8 million and $3.8 million for online table games.

Valley Forge, fueled by FanDuel, in third

Valley Forge Casino and their FanDuel PA Casino skin had gross online gaming revenue of more than $17.5 million, a nice bump up from almost $16 million the previous month.

As in previous months, the revenue was nearly evenly split between online slots and online table games.

Mount Airy fourth

Mount Airy’s PokerStars had total online revenue of $8.6 million, off about $500,00 from April. They still account for the majority of poker revenue, with more than $2.2 million.

Wind Creek reportedly lost more than $1M in online slot play

Live! Philadelphia, the Cordish Companies‘ marquee PA casino, is still lagging in revenue with just $857K for the newest online player, live since last August. Slot revenue was just $809K in April, and table revenue was a tiny $47K, dead last.

But that beat the reported revenue for Wind Creek, which was reportedly negative more than $1 million.

According to PGCB figures, they lost more than $1.1 on their slots. They were on the plus side for table games with $102K. But that still put them in second to last in the tables category.

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PA Online Casinos Shine Bright In April With Another $100M Plus Revenue Month

PA online casinos combined for over $100 million in gross gaming revenue for the second month straight in April, led by Penn brands.

Pennsylvania online casino gross gaming revenue declined 5.5% from March to April, according to monthly revenue reports from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

March GGR for online casino games and online poker was more than $111.6 million, but the April figure was just more than $105.4 million.

Online slots revenue was more than $75.4 million, and online table games accounted for nearly $27.7 million.

Tax revenue generated from internet gaming during this April was $38.6 million, according to the PGCB.

PA poker has additional operators

PA online poker, which has been a one-trick pony with just Mount Airy‘s PokerStars, now has additional operators. Longtime provider PokerStars pulled in more than $2.3 million of poker’s total $2.4 million in April.

The new PA Borgata Poker (through Rivers Philadelphia) and BetMGM Poker (aligned with Hollywood Casino) were only live for two days in April.

Poker revenue has mostly plateaued in PA and dropped nearly 55% from a year ago when all brick-and-mortar casinos were shuttered due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Overall PA gaming at record highs

Sources of gaming revenue regulated by the PGCB include slot machines, table games, internet gaming, sports wagering, fantasy contests, and VGTs.

PA sportsbooks had a handle of $479 million and $36 million in revenue. Compared to March, handle decreased 14.4% and revenue dropped 12.1%.

Total revenue during April generated from all forms of regulated gaming in Pennsylvania plus fantasy contests was more than $404.1 million, eclipsing the total revenue record set the previous month in March.

Tax revenue generated from internet gaming during April 2021 was $38.6 million.

Penn National’s Hollywood still dominates in the online gaming space

Hollywood’s online casino brands Hollywood, DraftKings, and BetMGM, combined for nearly $36 million from iGaming, again making them the leader among 13 online casinos live during April. In PA, each land-based iGaming license holder can partner with up to three “skins” or online casino brands.

The PA-based company was second in online slot play at $24.4 million and first in online table play at $11.5 million. Poker chipped in more than $20,000.

Rivers Philadelphia in the second position

Gross online gaming revenue for Rivers Philadelphia including SugarHouse, BetRivers, and Borgata Poker totaled $30.4 million.

They were the king of online slot revenue at nearly $26 million and in second for online table games at nearly $4.4 million. Poker added just about $6,600.

Valley Forge, fueled by FanDuel, in third

Valley Forge Casino and their FanDuel Casino skin had gross online gaming revenue of almost $16 million, nearly evenly split between online slots and online table games.

Mount Airy fourth

Mount Airy’s PokerStars came in fourth for online revenue, with more than $5 million from slots, nearly $1.8 million for table games, and more than $2.3 million for poker, their signature online offering.

Live! Philadelphia not showing much online momentum

Live! Philadelphia, the Cordish Companies‘ marque PA casino, only recently opened its doors, and that was in the midst of the late phase of the pandemic, but the company went with an online casino last August.

Despite that head start, online numbers remain low, with online table games accounting for just $23,220 eight months later.

That’s anemic, given the online table games revenue generated at similar large properties.

Even tiny Presque Isle and its new TwinSpires brand had online tables revenue of more than $270,000.

Live!’s online slot revenue was healthier but still relatively low at just more than $870,000.

PA iGaming operator revenue in April 2021

LicenseeOnline Brand(s)Total Revenue (GGR)Slots RevenueTable Games RevenuePoker Revenue
HollywoodHollywood | DraftKings | BetMGM$35,966,200$24,410,233$11,535,536$20,431
Rivers PhiladelphiaSugarHouse | BetRivers | Borgata$30,391,067$25,994,061$4,390,366$6,640
Valley ForgeFanDuel | Stardust$15,960,286$8,052,231$7,908,056--
Mount AiryPokerStars$9,168,267$5,051,490$1,771,720$2,345,056
ParxParx$5,724,081$4,882,862$841,220--
Mohegan SunUnibet$2,883,228$2,357,813$525,415--
Wind CreekWind Creek$1,962,398$1,827,654$134,744--
Harrah'sCaesars$1,854,717$1,570,575$284,142--
Live PhiladelphiaPlayLive$895,595$872,375$23,220--
Presque IsleTwinSpires$665,577$392,640$272,937--
Total$105,471,416$75,411,933$27,687,356$2,372,127

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Looking For The Best Military Benefits At Pennsylvania Casinos? Look No Further

If you’re looking for the best military casino benefits at Pennsylvania casinos, we have you covered with our shortlist.

Many businesses in Pennsylvania provide regular benefits for active and retired members of the United States Armed Forces, and Pennsylvania casinos are no exception. Because of the volume of offers available, it can take time to find the absolute best military casino benefits, though.

There’s no need to spend any further time searching. Here at PAOnlineCasino, we’ve done that work for you, creating a shortlist of the top offers for military personnel. Registration for these programs simply requires your military ID. With the search done for you, you can spend your time enjoying the perks!

The best military casino benefits around Pennsylvania

The newest such perk for members of the military at brick-and-mortar casinos in PA comes courtesy of Penn National Gaming. The company, which also makes its headquarters in the Keystone State, has enhanced its mychoice program.

Starting on Armed Forces Day (May 15) 2021, the myheroes program is available for not only active-duty military and veterans but first responders as well. Qualifying visitors to all of PNG’s properties will enjoy special benefits and unique events throughout the year, such as:

  • Ability to designate a family member or friend to share benefits
  • Commemorative pin
  • Dining, hotel, and retail discounts of up to 30%
  • Special players club card
  • Tier upgrade to Advantage

In PA, PNG properties include the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley, and the Meadows Casino. PNG isn’t the only company to make such benefits available across all of its properties, though.

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Caesars Rewards Salute card

Both active-duty military and veterans can obtain a Caesars Rewards Salute card at any Caesars property in the country. The program is also open to military spouses as well. In addition to a 10% hotel discount and automatic upgrade to Platinum status, perks include:

  • Complimentary self and valet parking at appropriate locations
  • Early access to tickets for live entertainment
  • One complimentary stay at Atlantis, Paradise Island in The Bahamas
  • Restaurant and retail discounts
  • Special discounts on Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Tier status match with Wyndham Rewards

Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack is a Caesars property where you can enjoy many of these benefits. The last entries on our list focus on a great dining experience while you’re on-site at the casino and a discount for a special day.

Free entrées, wedding discount

This is another promotion that is not only open to active-duty military and veterans but first responders as well. Simply present your appropriate ID when you visit Jack’s Bar + Grill or Mian inside Rivers Casino Philadelphia. When you buy one entrée at regular price, the casino will reward you with another of equal or lesser value for free.

Valley Forge Casino Resort is in on this as well. For all active-duty military or veterans, the resort offers a 15% discount on all wedding packages. To take advantage of the discount, you must mention the offer prior to executing the booking contract and present valid identification.

If you’re going to visit one of these properties anyway, there’s no reason to not enjoy these perks if you qualify. With this information, you know exactly where to go and how to take advantage of the best that PA casinos have to offer military personnel.

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