PA Online Casinos Top $50 Million in Revenue For Third Month Straight in July

It’s been a red-hot summer for PA online casinos, which posted their second-highest-ever revenue of $54.4 million in July, with the market still growing.

Online casinos in Pennsylvania generated gross revenue of $54.4 million during July.

That’s 8.6% higher than in June. Revenue then was $50.1 million. June and July were both down slightly from PA iGaming’s peak revenue of $55.8 million in May.

Offering a longer perspective on the astounding online growth, a year ago, when there were only three online wagering options available in PA, the monthly revenue was just $812,000. And the highest revenue pre-pandemic closures came in at $19.5 million (in February).

Total gambling revenue $283 million despite ongoing virus recovery

In the larger context, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board  (PGCB) figures show that total gaming and fantasy contests revenue generated during July was just under $283.1 million.

That’s a 0.6% increase over revenue generated a year ago, when it was $281.5 million.

July was the first time since state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions were put in place in mid-March that all 12 casinos operated for most of the month.

VGTs are back in the black, online poker continues a slide

With truck stop VGTs back in action in July and additional locations operating, those machines generated nearly $2.1 million in revenue.

The one down number was online poker at just under $3.0 million this July versus $3.2 million in June. In May, poker revenue was $4.6 million, down slightly from its peak of nearly $5.3 million in April. The sole site in the state remains PokerStars PA, with others expected to join soon.

Wind Creek, Live! new online players, with more to come

Wind Creek Bethlehem went live with an online casino on July 24 and generated just over $34,000 in revenue from online slots and table games for the month. Wind Creek’s Betfred-branded online sportsbook is expected to follow soon, possibly before the start of NFL. It’s also building a retail Betfred sportsbook.

A Live! online casino (PlayLive!) launched on Aug. 14 and will appear on next month’s revenue report. Sports betting should follow soon. And there are still more online betting sites on the way to PA.

Penn National, under the Barstool Sports brand, plans to launch retail and online sports betting in Q3.

Additionally, BetMGM/ROAR Digital is in the process of getting approval to launch an online casino, online sportsbook and online poker via partypoker, all expected before the end of 2020.

And finally, the  WSOP.com online poker site is also heading to PA, though the exact timeline is unclear. That would leave just Golden Nugget to launch online slots and table games, but that could happen sooner than expected as well.

July online casino breakdown by PA operator

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

Casino OperatorTotal RevenueSlots RevenueTable Games Revenue
Rivers Philly* (SugarHouse & BetRivers)$15,459,938$13,923,955$1,535,983
Penn National* (Hollywood & DraftKings)$10,752,504$8,321,3482,431,156
Valley Forge (FanDuel)$8,405,186$4,402,474$4,002,712
Parx Casino$7,428,752$6,303,743$1,125,009
Mt. Airy (PokerStars & Fox Bet)$5,269,087$3,175,326$2,093,762
Mohegan Sun Pocono (Unibet)$2,856,028$2,165,866$690,163
Harrah's Philly (Caesars)$831,865$805,815$26,050
Presque Isle Downs (BetAmerica)$327,875$321,815$6,061
Wind Creek Bethlehem
(launched July 24)
$34,414$25,409$9,005
Totals:$54.4 million$39.4 million$11.9 million

Top iGaming sites in PA

Rivers Philly, which runs sister sites SugarHouse and BetRivers, had the top online revenue in July with $15.5 million. The majority came from slots.

Penn National, with Hollywood and DraftKings casinos, posted revenue of $10.8 million.

And Valley Forge‘s FanDuel accounted for $8.4 million.

Sports betting revenue

The statewide sports wagering revenue was over $8.1 million, with nearly $6.9 million from online sports betting and nearly $1.3 million from the still-recovering retail sportsbooks. That was up 22% over June revenue, with total sports handle up a whopping 85% month over month. In July, total handle was $164.8 million, compared to June’s $89.0 million.

The top two PA sports betting operators remain FanDuel (Valley Forge) and DraftKings (The Meadows). FanDuel took $69.7 million in bets in July, compared to DraftKings’ $39.6 million.

However, DraftKings was tops in total revenue at $1.9 million, with $1.8 million coming from online. FanDuel came in second with total revenue of nearly $1.4 million. It lost nearly $56,000 settling retails accounts, but made up for it with more than $1.4 million in online revenue.

DraftKings Casino App in PA ‘Designed With the iGaming Player in Mind’

DraftKings recently debuted a stand-alone online casino app in PA that caters to iGaming players with unique themed table games, and Live Dealer is coming soon.

DraftKings expanded its realm by launching a mobile casino app in Pennsylvania. Users can link accounts across DFS, sports betting and casino sites and have a shared wallet.

And now, the DraftKings stand-alone casino app is available on iOS.  However, it’s not available for Android.

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DraftKings Casino designed with ‘iGaming player in mind’

DraftKings online sportsbook operates in Pennsylvania through a partnership with The Meadows. The Meadows did not apply for an online casino license, so the DraftKings iGaming platform operates under Hollywood Casino’s license.

A DraftKings spokesperson explained to Play Pennsylvania the reasoning behind the stand-alone casino app:

“While our Sportsbook app caters to sports bettors, the DraftKings Casino stand-alone app is a more wholesome product designed with the iGaming player in mind. Irrespective of the annual sports calendar, DraftKings Casino leverages our unique, in-house technology and games to offer a best-in-market gaming experience.

“The new app allows us to focus on our strengths, including our dedicated DraftKings Live Dealer studio and best-in-class DraftKings-built game suite, and highlight market-leading promotions like our monthly $250K leaderboards.”

How to download

How to download the DraftKings Casino app in Pennsylvania:

  • Go to the App Store.
  • Type “DraftKings casino” in the search bar.
  • FYI, it will appear as “DraftKings Casino NJ,” but it’s the one for PA players too. Click “Get,” then “Install.”
  • Allow DraftKings Casino to use your location (allow while using app).

DraftKings Casino games

The DraftKings Casino app in Pennsylvania has 17 table games, Game King Poker and 30 slot titles.

The biggest difference from other online casinos in PA is that DraftKings has branded and themed table games like:

  • DraftKings Blackjack
  • Classic Blackjack
  • Single Hand Blackjack
  • Pride Blackjack
  • Christmas Blackjack
  • Retro Blackjack
  • Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Football and Hockey Blackjack
  • Lunar New Year Blackjack
  • DraftKings American Roulette
  • European Roulette
  • Basketball Roulette

For min and max bets:

  • Blackjack: Minimum bet $1.00, maximum bet $5,000

Baccarat: Minimum bet $1.00, maximum bet $10,000

Game King Poker: Minimum bet $0.20, maximum bet $200

“The response in Pennsylvania has been exciting,” said a DraftKings spokesperson. “Our players have clearly been waiting for DraftKings to launch our trusted gaming experience in the state, proving demand for something different in the market. So far, the most popular games have been DraftKings Blackjack and Roulette; land-based slot titles such as Cleopatra and Wheel of Fortune always prove popular.”

Live Dealer coming to PA

As of late July, no online casino in Pennsylvania offered Live Dealer. Live Dealer is a popular online casino feature that allows users to play games like blackjack in real time, with a real dealer, from home.

A press release from DraftKings announcing the app said that customers in PA “will soon have access to the custom DraftKings Live Dealer Studio which will operate 24/7.”

When asked in mid-July about a possible time frame for the arrival of Live Dealer, a DraftKings spokesperson said they expect it to be made available within the next few months.

May Online Casino Promos, Sign-Up Bonuses, New Slot Titles And More

May is here and the spring specials are in the air at PA online casinos. Find the latest sign-up bonuses and promos for the month here.

With brick-and-mortar casinos closed for the time being in Pennsylvania, players are turning to online casinos to play from home, with games like:

  • Video poker 
  • Roulette 
  • Slots 
  • Blackjack 

After all, PA is one of four states with legalized online casinos. Just in the past month, DraftKings and Caesars launched their online casino iterations. With their addition, the state now has 10 online casinos, giving residents a wide variety of iGaming options.

Here is your May rundown of online casinos, including:

  • Summary of sign-up bonuses, online casino promos and reward programs
  • New casino slot titles
  • Progressive jackpot summary
  • New online poker tournament series

May online casinos sign-up bonuses, promos and rewards

In late April and on May 1, the Keystone State welcomed DraftKings Casino and Caesars Online Casino.

DraftKings Casino

Sign-up bonus: Risk-free 24 hours up to $200 in losses.

Current promotions at DraftKings:

  • Daily slots: Play $5 on Da Vinci Diamonds, get $5.
  • Lunch Special: Wager $5 on blackjack from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and receive $5 in credits.

Caesars Online Casino

Sign-up bonus: Get a 100% match of up to $300.

Rewards: Earn Caesars Rewards for online play. If you have an existing Caesars Rewards account, link it to the online casino for more tier and rewards credits.

Unibet Online Casino

Sign-up bonus: Get $10 free and a 100% deposit bonus up to $500.

Current May promotions: 

  • Table game race: Wager $1 on table games, receive 1 point toward the leaderboard.
  • Weekly casino deposit reload: Get a 25% bonus, up to $50, on Thursday first deposits.

PokerStars Casino

Sign-up bonus: Match deposit bonus up to $1,500 and up to $1,000 in slots.

Current May promotions: Star Rewards Showdown Winner Takes All: a royal flush collects up to $2,500.

Hollywood Online Casino

Sign-up bonus: First deposit match bonus up to $500. New accounts get $25 just for signing up.

Current May promotions: May Flowers login bonus and wager bonus.

Rewards: mychoice Rewards.

PlaySugarHouse

Sign-up bonus: First deposit bonus matched 100% up to $250. New members get chances for spin-to-win gives up to $250 for same-day free play.

Current May promotions: Earn double loyalty points and/or bonus store points for table games.

Reward program: iRush points and bonus store points for every wager.

BetRivers Online Casino

Sign-up bonus: First deposit bonus matched 100% up to $250. New members get chances for spin-to-win gives up to $250 for same-day free play.

Current May promotions: Earn double loyalty points and/or bonus store points for table games.

Reward program: iRush points and bonus store points for every wager.

Casinos unveil new slot titles

Tired of playing the same old, same old? BetRivers, PlaySugarHouse and PokerStars Casino debuted some new slots titles this month.

BetRivers Online Casino

During the month, BetRivers released 15 new slot titles:

  • Pharaoh Sun
  • Dancing Drums
  • Bruce Lee
  • Elements: The Awakening
  • Ultraviolet
  • Montezuma
  • Dazzle Me
  • Conan
  • Celestial King
  • Double Cherry
  • Zeus
  • Raging Rhino
  • Kronos Unleashed
  • Go Bananas
  • Rise of Maya

BetRivers now offers a total of 101 slot titles.

PlaySugarHouse

Meanwhile, PlaySugarHouse introduced 14 new slots titles to its library this month:

  • Pharaoh Sun
  • Dancing Drums
  • Celestial King
  • Zeus
  • Montezuma
  • Elements: The Awakening
  • Conan
  • Go Bananas
  • Ultraviolet
  • Double Cherry
  • Raging Rhino
  • Kronos Unleashed
  • Rise of Maya
  • Bruce Lee
  • Dazzle Me

PlaySugarHouse presently has a total of 101 slot titles.

PokerStars Casino

Ten new slots titles debuted at PokerStars Casino this month:

  • Jumanji
  • Wild Bazaar
  • Conan
  • Mercy of the Gods
  • Double Stacks
  • Dazzle Me
  • Butterfly Staxx 2
  • Go Bananas
  • Elements: The Awakening
  • Rise of Maya

There is now a total of 63 slot titles in PokerStars Casino’s library.

PA’s current progressive jackpot payouts

Here at PA Online Casino, we are always keeping an eye on progressive jackpots, particularly the famed Divine Fortune Mega Progressive Jackpot.

Here are the current progressive jackpots as of May 12:

BetRivers Online Casino

  • Mercy of the Gods Jackpot: $47,044

PlaySugarHouse

  • Divine Fortune Mega Progressive Jackpot: $129,040

FanDuel Casino

  • Divine Fortune Mega Progressive Jackpot: $51,121
  • Mercy of the Gods Jackpot: $47,250

Hollywood Online Casino

  • Divine Fortune
  • Mercy of the Gods

PokerStars Casino

  • Divine Fortune Mega Progressive Jackpot: $64,935
  • Mercy of the Gods Jackpot: $47,447

Unibet Online Casino

  • Divine Fortune Mega Progressive Jackpot: $64,370
  • Jackpot Shores Jackpot: $101,013

PokerStars PA kicks off Pennsyl-MANIA this weekend

Check out the new tournament by PokerStars PA launching this weekend on May 17.

A $250,000 guaranteed prize pool with a $200 buy-in, Pennsyl-MANIA is the largest prize pool ever in PA for an online poker tournament.

Pennsyl-MANIA is a two-day event starting on Sunday, May 17, at 5 p.m. ET. It plays until Level 20 and then resumes on Monday, May 18, at 7 p.m. ET.

New Online Slots In PA: Scientific Games Debuts Popular Titles At PlaySugarHouse And BetRivers

Looking for some new online slots in PA? Check out our reviews of three new titles from Scientific Games, available now at PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers.

Rush Street Interactive, the operator of BetRivers.com and PlaySugarHouse.com, today announced a partnership with Scientific Games.

The American corporation is an industry leader in gambling products and lottery services across the world. As a testament, Scientific Games offered secure instant lottery tickets back in 1974.

Thanks to the new partnership, Scientific Games’ most popular online slots are now available at two PA online casinos.

Top 3 most popular Scientific Games online slots

1. 88 Fortunes slot game review

Richard Schwartz, the president of Rush Street Interactive, states:

“88 Fortunes is already the most popular slot out of more than 550 slot games on PlaySugarHouse.com in New Jersey, and we expect Pennsylvania players will love playing it online just as much.”

In fact, 88 Fortunes is already a land-based casino player favorite at Rivers Casinos located in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

So, without further ado, here’s a mini-review of 88 Fortunes. The name itself, 88 Fortunes, gives away the theme: Chinese, with plenty of good luck or fortune symbols.

You will find yourself immersed in an environment of red and gold colors. The 88 Fortunes game caters to players who love Chinese culture and music, but mainly to those who love good fortune.

Some key features of 88 Fortunes:

  • Minimum to maximum bets: $0.88-$88 per spin. As the name 88 Fortunes implies, eight is an auspicious and lucky number in Chinese culture.
  • 243 paylines or ways to win
  • Four jackpots: mini, minor, major and grand
  • Free spins that can trigger more free spins, meaning you theoretically can free spin indefinitely.
  • Three Fu Bat symbols (Chinese symbol with red ribbon) triggers the pick-and-click game to win a jackpot.

Lastly, the return to player (RTP) is high at 96%. Scientific Games rates the volatility as being medium. Overall, 88 Fortunes draws you in with the graphics, music, theme and high RTP.

2. Spartacus™ online slot review

This online slot game features Spartacus, the famed Roman gladiator.  Notably, the game’s claim to fame is the Colossal Reels, which is just a fancy way of saying there are two sets of reels on the game screen.

What’s more, the sound effects feature a baying crowd and lots of fighting.

Markedly, look for these fun elements of Spartacus:

  • Main reel: 5×4 grid
  • Colossal reel: 5×12 grid
  • 100 paylines
  • Wild Spartacus: Gladiator of Rome logo: If this symbol covers the whole main reel, it transfers to the Colossal reel for more chances to win.
  • Hit three Scatter Coliseum icons for eight free spins, four scatter icons for 12 free spins and five scatters for 20 free spins.

Spartacus has an RTP of 95.94%. As a whole, Spartacus is visually appealing and creates an immersive environment.

However, it would be nice to have some type of bonus feature or game for players. On the other hand, it is understandable why this is a popular slot game.

3. Starmania® online slot review 

Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight.

Starmania features an outer-space theme with multicolored stars.

Some gameplay features of Starmania:

  • Five reels and 10 paylines 
  • A wild symbol substitutes every symbol except for the bonus. It can be stacked on reels but will only appear on reels two, three and four.
  • Land three bonus symbols to trigger free spins.
  • Ten free spins are awarded for every time three bonus symbols hit. Free spins can be retriggered.
  • Gamble with the “Hearts and Clubs” button for either 2x or 4x the winnings. Guess the color of the card to double your winnings. If you guess the suit, get 4x the winnings.

As a whole, Starmania felt like a more classic online slot, and although it is visually appealing, the sound effects grew a bit overwhelming. However, the high RTP of 97.867% caused us to overlook any gripes we had with this slot game.

Responsible gaming

Make sure you are gambling responsibly.

For any help or questions associated with problem gambling and other resources to ensure that you are practicing responsible gaming, visit the PGCB’s new website, responsibleplay.pa.gov.