Pennsylvania Tops New Jersey Again As Nation’s Online Casino Revenue Leader With $138 Million April

PA defeated NJ in terms of online casino revenue once more this April. The state came up just short of its previous record with $138 million.

Online casinos in Pennsylvania have just posted the highest monthly revenue in the country for April, marking the second straight month they can make that claim after reporting $138 million in gross gaming revenue (GGR). 

This is the second-highest total in state history behind the $142.7 million set in March, which holds the national record for a single month.

Total PA gaming revenue for the month was $461.6 million. That’s just $1.1 million short of March’s record $462.7 million, according to PGCB figures.

Outpacing New Jersey in gaming revenue

New Jersey has long been the US online gaming revenue leader, now recording more than $100 million in monthly GGR for 14 straight months.

In April, New Jersey reported a GGR of $136.8 million, just $1.1 million less than Pennsylvania, to take the No. 2 spot in the nation for the second month in a row. In March, Pennsylvania’s $140.6 million GGR edged out New Jersey for the top spot by $2.1 million, setting a new US monthly record.

PA online casino profits rapidly climbing

PA online casinos began to thrive around the beginning of the pandemic, and growth has not slowed since. 

In April 2020, iGaming revenue was just $43 million. A year later, it reached $105.5 million. Now, the rest of the country is looking up at Pennsylvania’s $137,982,938, a 30.8% year-over-year increase.

PA sports betting also holding its own

Sports betting has also boomed over the last two-plus years. In late 2019, former NJ Gov. Chris Christie went as far as to call sports betting in the Keystone Statea rolling dumpster fire.”

Now, PA sportsbooks regularly see monthly handles exceeding $750 million during peak betting months.

More importantly, the state recently surpassed $1 billion in lifetime sports betting revenue, becoming the third state to do so, behind Nevada and New Jersey. This accomplishment is far from a dumpster fire and puts Pennsylvania into the same discussion as the gambling giants mentioned.

Gaming tax is not a deterrent in Pennsylvania

Former Gov. Christie’s comments were primarily related to Pennsylvania having some of the highest tax rates nationwide on casino gaming (16% for online table games and poker, 36% for sports betting, and 54% for online slots). 

But it does appear Pennsylvania has found a way to tax itself and its operators both into prosperity. Eighteen online casinos are already in operation statewide, and more are awaiting licensure to enter the market, proving that such high tax rates are not a deterrent from the potential opportunities.

After all, one only needs to see that Pennsylvania’s led in online casino revenue the last two months. It makes sense why any operators would want to have their slice of the PA revenue pie. Despite such high tax rates, PA iGaming options remain player-friendly as online casinos compete for customers with welcome bonuses and regular promotions.

Of course, this also proves to be best for the state, whose monthly casino tax revenue is well above other states such as New Jersey and Michigan.

More room for revenue growth?

The pandemic showed that Pennsylvanians will still find room in their budgets for online casino gaming and other legal wagering. Despite an uncertain world climate in which many industries and businesses faltered, Pennsylvania casinos kept posting record numbers.

Fast forward to today, and new economic uncertainties come with rising inflation, supply chain shortages, and potentially unstable political climates. Still, Pennsylvania online gaming has grown to new heights.

Given the level to which PA online casinos have continued to thrive when many other industries have struggled to stay afloat, they will likely remain recession-proof and prove to be a viable source of revenue for the state for the foreseeable future.

Penn National leads revenue once more

Looking at individual casinos, Penn National and its five online casino brands of Hollywood, DraftKings, BetMGM, Barstool, and now PointsBet, accounted for nearly 40% of the state’s revenue ($54.9 million). 

Rivers Casino ($35.7 million) and Valley Forge ($22.5 million) combined for another 42% of revenue for the month, with all other casinos totaling the remaining 18%. Of those casinos, Mount Airy ($6.7 million) and Parx ($6.2 million) rounded out the top five.

LicenseeTotal RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games RevenuePoker Revenue
Hollywood Penn National$54,896,545$39,213,937$15,434,126$248,482
Rivers Philadelphia$35,684,803$31,474,561$4,124,871$85,372
Valley Forge$22,545,511$12,282,277$10,263,234$0
Mount Airy$6,684,298$3,744,478$1,132,419$1,807,401
Live Philadelphia$4,104,626$3,578,748$525,878$0
Harrah's Philadelphia$3,487,409$2,157,754$558,899$770,756
Mohegan Sun Pocono$1,894,445$1,497,783$396,661$0
Wind Creek$1,853,294$1,592,845$260,450$0
Presque Isle$591,260$416,138$175,122$0

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When Will WynnBet Online Casino and Sportsbook Launch in PA?

After Wynn CEO Craig Billings backed up the operator’s online presence, PA residents could be on the look out for its casino and sportsbook.

WynnBet Casino PA is expected to launch sometime in 2022, but is that still going to happen?

Currently live in nine states, the online casino arm of Wynn Resorts is still awaiting licensure approval in the Keystone State, where its status is among those listed as “pending.”

Wynn CEO expresses excitement toward iGaming and sports betting

Wynn Resorts recently reported a 29% increase in revenue for the first quarter of 2022, totaling $953.3 million, and concurrently announced a commitment to the iGaming and sports betting branches.

“We’ve been pleased with the business over the course of the quarter,” said Wynn CEO Craig Billings. “We really do believe in the industry longer term,” he stated of legal gambling, further touching on sports also playing a huge role as more states legalize sports betting nationwide.

This news comes six months after Wynn and the blank-check company, Austerlitz Acquisition Corporation Imutually agreed to cancel a deal that would create a joint business to list on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

At that time, Billings cited a pivot in growth strategy from high spending toward a more targeted ROI-focused strategy.

What to expect from WynnBet PA

As a whole, WynnBet offers a user-friendly interface across both its website and mobile app. The app is available via Android and iOS, with a wide variety of games. They include:

  • Video poker
  • Live dealer games
  • Online blackjack
  • Online craps
  • Jackpot slots
  • Megaways slots
  • Classic slots
  • Online baccarat
  • Online roulette

New players at WynnBet Casino PA will be able to claim a 100% first-time deposit bonus up to $1,000.

If real-money online casino players in Pennsylvania are to experience similar circumstances to their counterparts at WynnBet NJ, then those who wager $250 in qualifying slot wagers within 10 days will also get 250 free spins on 88 Fortunes Megaways.

WynnBet Sportsbook soon to follow in PA?

The Pennsylvania sports betting market is one of the largest in the US, recently becoming just the third state in history to surpass $1 billion in lifetime sports betting revenue. Also being one of the most mature markets, established operators such as FanDuel, DraftKings, and BetRivers have been accepting bets since as early as 2019.

But WynnBET Sportsbook PA is nowhere to be found inside the Keystone State.

“Sports is where the majority of the addressable market is today,” Billings said, though he followed it with statements about Massachusetts and its recent passage of a sports betting bill.

Given Wynn’s presence in Massachusetts with Encore Boston Harbor, it would be unsurprising to see the company launch there. However, that statement should apply to any and all other potential markets, including Pennsylvania and Iowa.

When Wynn Sportsbook PA does go live, players will be able to take advantage of a $200 risk-free bet within 10 days of signing up. There are no additional promo codes required. It will be available only via mobile app, with an easy-to-use interface for novice and expert bettors alike.

That time still remains unknown, though. As of now, WynnBet is not known to have applied for a sports betting license in Pennsylvania. That could change upon receiving PGCB approval for iGaming operations.

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Record $142 Million Online Casino Revenue Spurs New PA Gaming High in March

Pennsylvania gambling streams set a new record with over $460 million in March revenue, helped by online casino and retail table game highs.

Pennsylvania is back to setting online gaming records.

According to numbers released Monday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), the state has set an all-time high for single monthly revenue with $462.7 million, a 14.7% increase over March 2021’s total of $403.1 million.

Online casinos also reported $142.7 million in gross revenue for the month. That’s both a state and national record for a single month. And PA sports betting has now surpassed $1 billion in lifetime revenue, only the third state in history to do so, behind Nevada and New Jersey.

PA Online casinos and retail table games help set new monthly record

Total March gaming revenue ($462,740,098) represents a 6% increase over the previous record set in November 2021 ($432.5 million). While this figure includes all forms of gaming (including daily fantasy contests and VGTs), two sectors in retail table games and PA online casinos also set records of their own that surely helped the state’s overall numbers.

Total PA casino revenue for retail table games was $94.3 million, the first time above $90 million in Pennsylvania gaming history. It was also a 32% increase over February’s $71.3 million and generated $15.2 million in total tax revenue.

Meanwhile, PA set a new US record for monthly iGaming revenue, just edging out New Jersey. Both PA and NJ reported over $140 million in March internet gaming revenue, the first two states to do so.

PA’s $142.7 million GGR was a 27.9% year-over-year jump over March 2021 ($111.6 million) and up 15.4% month-over-month ($123.7 million in February). After $24.6 million in promo spend, PA online casinos and poker sites reported adjusted revenue (AGR) of $118.1 million, good for $49 million in tax revenue for the state and local entities.

Slots are still casinos’ bread and butter

Though retail table games and online casinos certainly played a role in Pennsylvania’s successful March, slots still account for the vast majority of action.

In fact, slot machine revenue totaled $214.7 million statewide. Additionally, internet slots had another $79.2 million AGR or around two-thirds of the $118 million AGR reported from online gaming revenue. Adding those numbers together, slots account for about 63.5% of all reported revenue in March.

PA gaming revenue highlights for March 2022

  • Pennsylvania overall gaming revenue (taxable): $462.7 million ($375.6 million in Feb.)
  • Online PA casino revenue (GGR): $142.7 million ($123.7 million in Feb.)
  • Online casino tax revenue: $49 million ($42.2 million in Feb.)
  • Sports betting handle: $715 million ($597 million in Feb.)
  • Sports betting revenue: $48.5 million ($22.1 million in Feb.)
  • Sports betting tax revenue: $10.9 million (-$159K in Feb.)

Total PA gaming revenue reverses recent trend

Prior to March, Pennsylvania’s overall gaming revenue had declined month-over-month since December 2021. However, that also followed record-setting months in October and November.

  • March 2022: $462.7 million
  • February 2022: $375.6 million
  • January 2022: $393.1 million
  • December 2021: $406.3 million
  • November 2021: $432.5 million
  • October 2021: $425.9 million

The return of mask mandates to Live! Casino and Rivers Casino Philadelphia on April 18 could put a damper on retail gaming revenue for the current month. Both casinos, however, still offer online casino options.

Live! Philadelphia partners with Betway and PlayLive, while BetRivers, PlaySugarHouse and Borgata online casinos are all under the Rivers Philadelphia license.

Sportsbooks reach $1 billion in lifetime revenue

Pennsylvania has consistently been a top-five sports betting market since launching online sportsbooks in June 2019. In March, it become just the third state in the nation to reach $1 billion in lifetime revenue alongside Nevada and New Jersey.

Sportsbooks accepted nearly $715 million in wagers in March, the largest handle of any non-football month in state history and a 27% increase over March 2021’s $560 million. Of that $715 million, around 6.8% ($48.5 million) made its way to the sportsbooks in the form of revenue while another $10.9 million went to state and local taxes.

PA online casino leaders in March 2022

Unsurprisingly, Penn National retained its position at the top of Pennsylvania’s iGaming market with its four online casino brands. Following behind are Rivers Casino and Valley Forge, well ahead of the rest of the market. See full March 2022 iGaming figures below:

LicenseeOnline Brand(s)Total RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games RevenuePoker Revenue
Hollywood Penn NationalHollywood | DraftKings | BetMGM | Barstool$55,228,544$38,663,310$16,280,195$285,039
Rivers PhiladelphiaSugarHouse | BetRivers | Borgata$37,026,411$32,365,820$4,564,403$96,188
Valley ForgeFanDuel | Stardust$25,054,991$13,260,315$11,794,676$0
Mount AiryPokerStars$6,891,806$3,897,335$1,054,459$1,940,011
Live PhiladelphiaPlayLive | Betway$4,109,547$3,772,382$337,165$0
Harrah's PhiladelphiaCaesars$3,534,923$2,164,537$451,427$918,959
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet$2,555,264$2,146,170$409,094$0
Wind CreekWind Creek$1,996,940$1,821,644$175,296$0
Presque IsleTwinSpires$844,885$676,476$168,409$0

For full March revenue figures, see the PlayPennsylvania revenue press release.

A Year For The Record Books: PA Online Casinos End 2021 on $127 Million High Note in December

Pennsylvania online casinos set yet a new record in December 2021, closing a record year for sportsbooks, PA casinos and gaming tax revenue.

PA casinos had a record 2021, which was welcome news for an industry that got rocked by virus shutdowns the previous year. The records set in 2021 were also great for the Commonwealth in terms of much-needed revenue to keep important state programs in business.

Overall PA gaming revenue came in once again over $400 million at $406.3 million, a 141% increase over December 2020. That resulted in $165.0 million in tax dollars for the state and local entities, according to figures released by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Thursday.

PA gaming records set in 2021:

  • $4.73 billion in gaming revenue (compared to $2.65 billion in 2020)
  • $1.93 billion in tax revenue (compared to $1.10 billion in 2020)

PA online casinos smash revenue records in 2021

December’s $127.6 million iGaming revenue (including slots, table games and online poker) eclipsed their previous record of $117 million set in October. It also brought the yearly total gross gaming revenue for online casinos to nearly $1.3 billion. That was up 91% from $680.2 million in 2020.

Pennsylvania’s now mature iGaming market with 17 online casinos and four online poker skins was the second to reach $1 billion in revenue in a year (just after New Jersey). It is also now the second-largest US market for iGaming behind the Garden State.

The record year for PA online casinos brings the lifetime total just over $2 billion in GGR. (The first online casinos began to launch in July 2019). iGaming verticals brought in a whopping $466.4 million in taxes for PA during 2021.

For a full breakdown of December revenue, view our monthly PlayPennsylvania press release.

December 2021 PA casino revenue figures

How did the 17 online casino brands stack up in December 2021?

LicenseeOnline Brand(s)Total RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games RevenuePoker Revenue
Hollywood Penn NationalHollywood | DraftKings | BetMGM | Barstool$50,867,842$36,191,401$14,387,588$288,853
Rivers PhiladelphiaSugarHouse | BetRivers | Borgata$34,402,010$30,287,361$4,025,104$89,545
Valley ForgeFanDuel | Stardust$19,041,300$10,567,527$8,473,773$0
Mount AiryPokerStars$7,560,932$3,997,957$1,519,261$2,043,714
Harrah's PhiladelphiaCaesars$3,586,220$2,748,852$197,535$639,833
Live PhiladelphiaPlayLive | Betway$2,407,123$2,124,160$282,963$0
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet$2,251,054$1,957,590$293,464$0
Wind CreekWind Creek$1,797,190$1,725,683$71,507$0
Presque IsleTwinSpires$1,165,673$920,071$245,602$0

Once again, Penn National was on top with its four popular brands, making up 40% of market share. Rivers Philadelphia was second again with 27% across three brands.

Two takeaways and one prediction from December 2021 PA casino revenue

1) Online casinos are standing the test of time and are a vital stream for PA taxes.

Not only are they clearly here to stay (and only helping land-based casino brands), but online casinos are also proving a vital source of income for the state. Many jurisdictions that rely on gambling as a major source of state income tax were hit hard by virus closings and restrictions but PA was able to withstand the storm with the help of income generated by online casinos.

With land-based casinos now mostly operating at normal capacity* iGaming continues to provide significant tax dollars for the state. One reason for that stems from the high tax rates PA imposes on gaming revenue.

*When we say mostly at normal capacity, there is a caveat. There are still virus concerns holding people back from in-person gambling. Additionally, beginning Jan. 3 the city of Philadelphia mandated proof of vaccine for entry into establishments where food and beverages are consumed, which includes Live! Casino and Rivers Philadelphia.

That said, the PA gaming market is still expanding both online and live. In 2021, three new casinos opened their doors: Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia and two Penn National mini-casinos – Hollywood York and Hollywood Morgantown.

2) High tax rates in PA are working out well for the state.

With an industry-leading tax rate of 54% for online slots and 16% for online table games and poker, it’s no wonder that online gambling is paying off big for Pennsylvania. PA’s sports betting tax rate of 36% also seemed high, though it pales in comparison to New York’s 51%. But let’s put this into a historical context.

There was an initial concern amid the 2017 PA gambling expansion that the proposed tax rates on new verticals were prohibitive and maybe the market wouldn’t be worth entering for many companies. That hypothesis did not bear fruit. Despite a slow start in mid-2019, gambling brands saw and seized the opportunity in PA. There are now 17 online casinos, four online poker brands and 13 online sports betting apps available to Pennsylvania players. And they’re all forking over a big chunk of revenues to the state. PA sportsbooks contributed $122.5 million in taxes in 2021, more than any other state.

Let’s also not forget the up-front licensing fees that PA casinos coughed up to be able to offer online gaming. Each land-based casino wanting to offer online slots and table games had to pony up $8 million ($4 million per vertical). Those who also opted for the opportunity to offer online poker got a discount on all three for $10 million. The license to offer retail and online sports betting was also $10 million. It all adds up to a healthy haul for the Commonwealth.

Prediction: Big winners in online casinos and sports betting will continue to dominate.

While basically all of the online gambling apps in PA are solid in terms of the number of games and offerings, popularity varies widely. The top brands, including those that have spent the most on marketing and promos, are the clear winners in the PA gaming space.

Market share for 2021:

  • Penn National (Hollywood, DraftKings, BetMGM, Barstool): 36.2%
  • Rivers Philadelphia (BetRivers, SugarHouse, Borgata): 27.4%
  • Valley Forge (FanDuel, Stardust): 15.6%
  • Mount Airy (PokerStars): 7.6%

The top three licensees (making up 9 of 17 online skins) account for nearly 75% of PA iGaming market share, leaving the remaining seven license holders to fight for a share of 25%.

With such a head start over brands with much smaller market share, it doesn’t appear that the ones at the bottom will be able to make up the ground.

What will this mean for these markets – and the brands at the bottom – long term?

We’ve already seen quite a number of mergers and acquisitions across the sports betting (and to a lesser extent, the online casino) space. With the market still expanding, more of these deals are inevitable. It stands to reason that many of the iGaming and online sports betting brands we see today, including some with a presence in PA, will merge with or sell to bigger brands.

But as long as there is no monopoly, the competition should continue to prove favorable for Pennsylvania bettors. And it’s clear that the online casino market in PA isn’t done growing quite yet.

Lead image credit: AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth

Killer Crossovers: BetMGM & Unibet Feature Paired Sportsbook/Casino Promotions

Crossovers are an essential part of sports. Now Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks and betting apps are getting good at their own crossover moves.

Crossovers are an essential part of sports.

Allen Iverson had a great one. Michael Jordan used one to beat the Utah Jazz for his sixth championship. And some athletes have even crossed over off the court.

Jordan and LeBron James made SpaceJam films. Shaquille O’ Neal made both music and movies. Damian Lillard raps.

And now Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks and betting apps are getting good at their own crossover moves. But in this realm, the crossover is an incentive that pairs MGM sportsbook and UniBet casino promotions.

BetMGM Sportsbook & Casino: $20 for $10

BetMGM is one brand that has a crossover promotion live now. Players who bet $10 or more on the BetMGM Sportsbook can get $20 Freeplay at the BetMGM Casino. The offer is valid every Thursday, Sunday, and Monday through January 9th.

Here are the rest of the details.

  • Sign in to your BetMGM account every Thursday, Sunday, and Monday through January 9, 2022.
  • Opt into the Ten for Twenty promotion.
  • Once opted in, wager $10 or more on BetMGM Sports to get your free bet.
  • Earn $20 free play on BetMGM Casino after you bet the required $10 on BetMGM Sports and the wager has been settled.
  • In order to receive the $20 free play bonus, all bets for this promotion must be placed and settled on the same promotional day on which the player opts-in.

Unibet offers Fun-day Sundays and Mondays

Over at Unibet, the site features some excellent crossover promotions for football fans, including “Eagles Sunday Fundays”. On Sundays, players who wager at least $25 in the Eagles-branded blackjack Unibet casino game can get some extra money in the sportsbook.

Here’s the fine print:

  • Wager $25+ cash on Eagles Blackjack, then receive a free $10 sportsbook bet.
  • Promotion Period: Sundays each week from 12:01 AM EST – 11:59 PM EST.
  • Players can only qualify once per week.
  • Qualifying players will receive their sportsbook free bet the following Tuesday at 5:00 PM EST.

In addition, Unibet’s “Hail Mary Mondays” can help parlay players earn some bonus cash for every touchdown scored on Monday Night Football. The details are below:

  • Bet a minimum of $25 cash on a single game parlay bet for select Monday Night Football games.
  • Win or lose, you will get a $2 casino bonus(s) for every Touchdown (TD) scored.
  • Eligible games for this promotion will be specified. Play all 4 full quarters to be eligible.
  • Eligible players will be able to see their casino bonus(s) within 72 hours.

Monday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns has an over/under of 41 points, setting up a number of potential bonus payouts for Unibet’s parlay players.

Check your favorite sportsbook or app for additional crossover promotions

Many other sportsbooks have also offered crossover promotions as well, so check back often for new deals and incentives. Because you don’t need YouTube highlights of Jordan or Iverson to find some great crossovers.

Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks and betting apps have some right here, so now you have exactly what you need.

And combined with the right player, they can be a winning move.

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Top Progressive Jackpots Currently at PA Online Casinos

The holiday season is coming to a close, but Pennsylvania casinos are still providing players with amazing jackpot opportunities. Some of the best progressive slots have built major payouts that’ll make any season feel special.

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Here are five of the best available in the Keystone State, and their current available top jackpots:

Jackpot Shores at Unibet PA

Jackpot Shores at Unibet PA provides a little vacation to the beaches of yesteryear (sounds nice at the start of winter) with retro-design graphics and the hits of the past. The jackpot starts at $100,000 and keeps growing. The slots offer five reels with three rows of action, offering 27 lines to get winning symbols.

Players can earn free spins, Wild Symbols, and Bonus Rounds. However, the big action comes with the Wheel Round. Three jackpots are up for grabs, including the six-figure Mega Jackpot.

Current Jackpot: $344,000+

Divine Fortune at FanDuel Casino

Like Greek mythology or history? Divine Fortune at FanDuel Casino takes players to the land of Zeus, columns, and Socrates. The game features five reels and three rows with 20 paylines of action. Spin the reels and see the symbols, from the letters of face cards to fearsome creatures like Medusa and minotaurs.

However, like the famous Herakles (yes, we use the traditional spelling here), the sight of Pegasus will save the day. This game includes three jackpots, including the mega progressive that will make winners feel like King Midas.

Current jackpot: $75,000+

Mercy Of The Gods at Caesars Casino

Prefer the pyramids and deserts of Egypt to the islands and Parthenon of Greece? Check out Mercy of the Gods with Caesars Casino. Three rows on five reels offer players 20 paylines to win. Symbols vary from playing cards to falcons and even King Tut himself.

Wild symbols can boost payouts, while the Eye of Horus can offer free spins. However, three golden hearts will allow players a chance to win one of three jackpots, including the mega progressive that can offer a fortune even a pharaoh would covet.

Current jackpot: $79,000+

Cash Machine at DraftKings Casino

Cash Machine at DraftKings Casino is a great game for fans of simpler, more straightforward slot machines. It’s three reels, one line, that’s all. Bet one, two, or all three reels on the bank note-looking graphics. Spin the reels and if numbers land, collect the amount.

If those numbers hit, that can mean thousands for players. “Sticky Zeroes” can score big win after big win in succession. Players on DraftKings can wager $5 or more right now and qualify for a 100,000 DK Dollars jackpot.

Current Jackpot: $100,000

China Shores at BetRivers Casino PA

We’re only a few weeks away from the Lunar New Year so why not take a trip to China? China Shores at BetRivers PA gives players a chance to ride the reels and win with pandas and symbols.

Five reels and three rows mean 30 paylines for lanterns, letters, and opportunities for free spins. The game also features a progressive jackpot that can bring many riches.

Current jackpot: $50,000+

Tis The Season To Play at PokerStars Casino in PA

Stars Casino PA is celebrating the holidays with a variety great offers. 5 Days of Christmas promo: claim a new bonus every day for 5 days.

Looking to get a little extra something for yourself this holiday season? Good, because Stars Casino (by PokerStars) has a little extra holiday spirit this year, so they created a brand new promo for PA players: 5 Days of Christmas!

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How Do The Stars Casino Holiday Promotions Work?

Starting Wednesday, December 22 through Saturday, December 26, Stars Casino PA is giving you the opportunity to enjoy a holiday bonus on each and every day of the promotion.

5 days, 5 offers, 5 ways to cash in… and one Merry Christmas:

  • 12/22: Bet Boost – Get 25% boost on 5 winning casino bets, up to $25
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Tis’ the season to win! Come back each day to claim your bonuses and try to unwrap the gift of cold, hard cash. Have a happy holiday and remember to gamble responsibly.

PA Gaming Revenue Eclipses $4 Billion For 2021: Four Facts And One Opinion On Record-Breaking November Numbers

Pennsylvania online casinos posted another over $110 million revenue month in November as overall gaming and sports betting set new records.

Pennsylvania gaming revenue hit yet another all-time high before the close of 2021. Overall taxable gaming revenue in November totaled $432.5 million, a whopping 52% increase over November 2020, according to revenue figures released by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Tuesday.

The new record just beat out the previous high set in October 2021 of $425.9 million. It also brought PA gaming revenue over $4 billion for the year. Pennsylvania had already eclipsed its record annual gaming revenue in October.

PA online casino revenue in November came in just shy of the high. But it was a record-shattering month for PA sports betting with revenue $84.9 million nearly doubling the previous high of $48.1 million from September.

Read on for some key numbers plus four facts and one opinion about PA casino revenue in November 2021.

Key numbers from November 2021 PA gaming revenue

  • Pennsylvania overall gaming revenue (taxable): $432.5 million ($425.9 million in Oct.)
  • Online casino revenue (GGR): $114.5 million ($117 million in Oct.)
  • Online casino tax revenue: $39.1 million ($43.3 million in Oct.)
  • Sports betting handle: $761.6 million ($776. 3 million in Oct.)
  • Sports betting revenue: $84.9 million ($42.3 million in Oct.)
  • Sports betting tax revenue: $22.9 million ($8.5 million in Oct.)

Four facts about PA casino revenue in November 2021

1) PA casino revenue is consistently over $100 million per month.

Pennsylvania iGaming sites have posted over $100 million in GGR every month since March 2021. And December should continue the trend.

That puts PA among the leaders in online casino revenue, as only New Jersey and Michigan can say the same.

2) Online casino revenue rises in tandem with retail casino revenue (and sports betting revenue).

Overall taxable gaming revenue hit an all-time high in November. It was also up 33% year-over-year compared to November 2020. Before the launch of legal online gambling, many feared it would cut into retail revenue. Those fears are all but distant memories now as gaming companies continue to leverage their online and retail products for overall brand and growth.

Here’s a look at year-over-year increases in taxable revenue among the biggest revenue-generators for November:

  • Retail slots: 43.2%
  • Retail table games: 58.4%
  • Sports betting: 70.5%
  • Online slots: 61.2%
  • Online table games: 53.9%

3) Online casinos continue to prove a significant portion of both gaming revenue and taxes for PA.

PA online casinos are an important source of gaming revenue every month. With 17 legal online casinos now operational in Pennsylvania (and four online poker brands), it’s one of the most mature markets in the US.

In November, taxable revenue from online casino sites made up 21.7% of overall PA gaming revenue. iGaming also brought in 22.8% of the total $171.9 million in tax revenue for the state in November.

PA has some of the highest internet gaming tax rates around: 54% for online slots, 16% for table games and poker.

4) Online casino operators in PA are a major case of the haves and have-nots.

A whopping 82.3% of online casino gaming market share (in November) belongs to three of the state’s ten license holders. Collectively, those states operate nine of the total 17 online betting apps.

PA-based Penn National continues to dominate market share (40.4%) with its four heavy-hitting brands Hollywood, DraftKings, BetMGM and Barstool. Rivers Philadelphia, with its more local brands (BetRivers, SugarHouse and Borgata) remains firmly in second (26.7% market share).

Meanwhile, Valley Forge with FanDuel and Stardust casino sites continues to hold onto the No. 3 spot with 15.2% market share.

LicenseeOnline Brand(s)Total RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games RevenuePoker Revenue
Hollywood Penn NationalHollywood | DraftKings | BetMGM$46,246,312$31,840,603$14,172,945$232,763
Rivers PhiladelphiaSugarHouse | BetRivers | Borgata$30,613,778$27,731,791$2,796,872$85,114
Valley ForgeFanDuel | Stardust$17,444,360$9,684,546$7,759,814$0
Mount AiryPokerStars$6,259,718$3,580,456$891,082$1,788,180
Harrah's PhiladelphiaCaesars$2,736,676$1,893,174$194,879$648,623
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet$2,355,675$1,856,076$499,598$0
Live PhiladelphiaPlayLive | Betway$1,928,354$1,643,207$285,147$0
Presque IsleTwinSpires$1,599,995$1,075,737$524,258$0
Wind CreekWind Creek$1,426,335$1,334,674$91,661$0

One opinion: The days of less than $100 million revenue months for PA online casinos are over.

It was clear in the spring of 2020 that the coronavirus accelerated online gaming revenue. Over a year later, online gambling remains a popular complement to retail gaming in Pennsylvania. Even as retail gaming options continue expanding with the opening of two mini-casinos so far and a third (Hollywood Morgantown, pictured above) set to open Dec. 22.

The online gambling trend is here to stay, and is not hurting land-based casino revenue which is also up significantly year-over-year.

Further, as unknowns still abound with new virus strains and Philadelphia-mandated vaccination requirements in public places including casinos, PA online casinos will remain a steady option for a home-based alternative.

Lead image of Hollywood Morgantown taken by Katie Kohler.

Unibet Launches New Pittsburgh Steelers-Themed Games For Pennsylvania Casino

Unibet Online Casino has been on a bit of a roll in the state of Pennsylvania. They recently announced a partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers and its taken them no time to turn around and put that partnership to work. PA online casino players will be quite thrilled to learn that there has already been a new game launch, Unibet Steelers Blackjack live dealer game.

Unibet Launches Steelers-Themed Live Dealer Blackjackunibet steelers live dealer

Live dealer casino games are all the rage these days as they allow customers to bet online but get a feeling like they’re actually in a casino.

Games like Blackjack are played with a live dealer, who is usually sitting somewhere in the casino, but you get to play from the comfort of your own home. While you can see and interact with them, they can’t see you.

Unibet has added a new twist to this popular game to their online casino in Pennsylvania as they’re adding a Pittsburgh Steelers flavor to it. Now fans of the team will be able to play with the live dealer in a version that’s themed around their favorite team.

Unibet offers limited Holiday release

If you’re a big fan of holiday-themed games, you might want to head over to Unibet and play some of the new games and promos while they’re around. They’re only going to be available for a limited time.

Halloween Spooktacular is a promo that allows you to get a daily bonus match between $5 and $15 – assuming you bet $10 in total during the promotional period. That’s if you’re playing Blood Suckers I or II.

Also, you can get a bonus on Sundays when you play on the Philadelphia Eagles-themed Blackjack. If you play at least $25 worth in Blackjack, you’ll get a $10 free bet at Unibet sportsbook.

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:

  • (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
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

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.

Lead image via Dreamstime.