Good JuJu vs. Bad Juju: FanDuel Taking Bets for Smith-Schuster vs. AB

FanDuel Sportsbook is offering fan service for Steelers Nation. PA bettors can wager on whether or not JuJu Smith-Schuster will outperform Antonio Brown.

Antonio Brown gave the world a lesson in how to burn bridges.

Now, oddsmakers at FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino are giving you the chance to make prop bets on whether the new Oakland Raiders will shine brighter than his protege, JuJu Smith-Schuster, this upcoming 2019 NFL season.

“There have been plenty of shots fired between former teammates JuJu Smith Schuster and Antonio Brown over the last week and no doubt each will be trying to outperform the other this season to prove a point,” said FanDuel rep Marc Sausa said in an email statement about the novel lines. 

The beef between AB and JuJu

On his way out of Pittsburgh this offseason, Brown made it clear he was not happy with Steelers management or quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

The front office underpaid Brown, he claimed, and Big Ben was a negative presence in the locker room, so much so that Brown left a practice leading up to the final game of the 2018 season.

And, recently, Brown took jabs at now-#1 wideout Smith-Schuster.

In a tweet timestamped 2:10 p.m., April 7, Brown ripped into his younger counterpart. He referenced Smith-Schuster’s costly fumble in the Steeler’s must-win game against the New Orleans Saints in Week 17.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Emotion: boy fumbled the whole post season in the biggest game of year ! Everyone went blind to busy making guys famous not enough reality these days ! 🤙🏾 by the way check the list <a href=””></a></p>&mdash; Antonio Brown (@AB84) <a href=””>April 7, 2019</a></blockquote>
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Smith-Schuster fired back with his own tweet, taking the high road by saying:

“All I ever did was show that man love and respect from the moment I got to the league. I was genuinely happy for him too when he got traded to Oakland w/a big contract, and how he takes shots at me on social media?”

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The prop bets between AB and JuJu

This feud is now the stuff of legends and the basis for FanDuel’s pair of futures bets. One pits the two against each other in TD’s and the other in receiving yards:

  • More touchdowns
    • Antonio Brown: -220
    • JuJu Smith-Schuster: +175
  • More Yards
    • Antonio Brown: -140
    • Juju Smith-Schuster: +115

Based on these odds, Brown is the favorite to score more touchdowns and rack up more yards.

Interestingly, though, the two receivers were relatively evenly matched in 2018 when it came to catches and yards:

  • JuJu: 15 games, 111 catches, 1,426 yards, 7 touchdowns
  • AB: 15 games, 104 receptions, 1,297 yards, 15 TD’s.

Smith-Schuster enjoys the luxury of a high-powered offense that includes running back James Conner and a legendary QB.

While AB is now the star in a relatively pedestrian audience, he brings with him an uncanny ability to haul in TD’s. He’s logged double-digit touchdowns in four of his past five seasons.

Interestingly, Smith-Schuster posted career highs in his third season. His numbers exceeded what AB put up in his third season in the league.

Both JuJu and AB were playing behind stars (AB, Mike Wallace) and emerged as a star in their own right.

If you’d like to place a prop bet on these two wideouts, you can do so in person at Valley Forge Casino. Or, if it is easier, you can always pop over the New Jersey state line and take advantage of FanDuel’s online betting app there.

Online Sports Betting By May, Online Casinos July 15

After more than a year, the launch dates for PA online gambling expansion are finally set. Early May for sports betting. July 15 for online casino.

No more speculation. There are now firm dates when Pennsylvania online gambling will get underway.

Online casinos go live July 15

The most concrete of the two dates is online casino launch. Rather than have sites go as they are ready, there will be one launch date.

All casinos ready to go live on July 15 can. That gives the 10 PA casinos with interactive gaming licenses with roughly three months to prepare.

PA sports betting apps online by May

As for PA sports betting apps, those will be here even sooner. This week, the PA Gaming Control Board (PGCB) confirmed to Legal Sports Report that the live testing phase of the first betting app is only 2-3 weeks away.

The PGCB will test and launch sports betting apps as they are ready. It may be a slow sports season. However, with Pennsylvania teams making runs in both the NHL and NBA playoffs, there are reasons to move quickly.

Keep in mind that the most recent sportsbook applicants will be behind the first movers. PGCB does not allow an online launch until the retail sportsbook is up and running.

Presque Isle Downs is the next retail book to open. It will launch on June 1. Meanwhile, Mount Airy Casino and Mohegan Sun Pocono are still at the beginning of the application process. That means, unlike everyone else, they will need to move quickly to be up and running in time for football.

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Expect a rush of new online casinos July 15

With a simultaneous casino launch, expect most of the PA interactive gaming providers to be ready to go in July. With the single date, the playing field is a little more level, so casinos will want to take advantage.

Don’t expect to see all 10 operators in action though. Stadium Casino and Sands Bethlehem are two examples of properties that will run behind the rest. Neither has moved ahead on their interactive gaming plans beyond obtaining the licenses.

Online poker will have less of a mad rush

There are currently eight active online poker licenses. Frankly, there is not enough interest in the game for eight PA online poker sites.

With the Wire Act opinion potentially threatening the viability of interstate compacting, casinos realize there is not much money in poker.

You will likely see a couple of sites launch in July. But don’t be surprised if some of the eight shelve their online poker plans indefinitely.

How PA Sports Betting Wagers And Casino Revenue Hit New Records In March

Pennsylvania gaming revenue hit $309 million from slot and table games, setting a new record for March.

According to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s (PGCB) latest revenue report, total gaming revenue was 2.86% higher than March 2018; the last time revenue was over $300 million.

The state also announced $5.5 million in revenue from the young PA sports betting market, and a record amount of handle for a single month. The total amount wagered, $44.5 million, is the most in any month in any state outside of New Jersey and Nevada.

That was in part due to betting on March Madness and the opening of two new sportsbooks in Valley Forge.

Breaking down PA casino revenue numbers

After a modest February, the record-setting March was due in part by the highest single month for table games. According to the PGCB, table game revenue was an explosive $82.5 million outdoing the previous high of $79.2 million back April 2017.

Additionally, the $226.6 million in slot machine revenue, which was the third-highest monthly mark, helped fuel an active month for the gaming industry.

Casino revenue = tax dollars

Tax revenue from table games totaled $13.3 million with an average of 1,279 table games in daily operation, according to the PGCB.

Additionally, tax revenue from slot machines was a substantial $77 million, with a total of 25,238 machines in operation.

The top three PA casinos with the highest table game revenue for March were:

Three casinos, Sands Casino (22.77%), Valley Forge Casino (14.49%), and Presque Isle Downs (10.95%) were the only ones to post double-digit percentage gains over the same period last year.

Total table game revenue was up 4.25% from the same period last year.

High numbers across the board for PA casinos

Eight of the state’s 12 casinos saw an increase in total gaming revenue.

Valley Forge Casino Resort led the way with a 13.64% increase from the same period in 2018.

The list of top performers are:

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PA sports betting keeps growing

Sports betting handle was up 40% from February, when it clocked in at $31.5 million.

Revenue in March more than doubled month over month to $5.5 million. It came in at $1.9 million in February.

Rivers Casino Sportsbook in Pittsburgh is still the market leader, with about a quarter of all handle: $11.9 million. Here how the state’s other sportsbooks fared:

The two new books instantly contributed to the nascent sports betting industry despite being open for only half the month.

PA’s Sports Betting Tax Revenue May Be Low, But Budget Will Be Just Fine

The AP pointed out PA sports betting tax revenue is coming up short, but big licensing fees means wagering will bring in enough to meet budget projections.

A few months into the endeavor, Pennsylvania is faring better than some other states in the early stages of sports betting.

A recent Associated Press article noted that four of the six states had fallen short of the tax revenue projections generated from sports betting. Rhode Island, the only state in New England with legalized sports gambling, was especially behind.

Rhode Island produced an average of $50,000 a month in tax revenues from sports gambling, although projections called for up to a million a month.

Pennsylvania, however, remains on pace to reach its projections, which includes money generated from both licensing fees and tax revenues. The AP report is correct that sports betting tax revenue is behind schedule. However, with licensing fees, the Commonwealth’s sports betting money is right in line with expectations.

According to a report from a closed-door budget meeting last year, the state hoped to take in $100 million from PA sports betting and online gambling for the fiscal year.

Sports betting licensing fees lead the way

Sportsbook licensing fees have provided the biggest benefit to Pennsylvania’s budget. Each sports betting license costs $10 million. To date, nine casinos have applied for that license. Only four casino licensees have not pursued a license yet.

Furthermore, full online casino licenses, which allow casinos to offer online poker, slots, and table games, also cost $10 million. (A license for one of those three games could be purchased for $4 million).

The PA online casino licensing process generated $94 million in licensing fees. However, it is unclear if any of that money went to cover the budget’s previous gambling revenue shortfall that resulted from delays in the process.

Online sports betting should be a boon for the budget

Sports betting has generated $2.5 million in tax revenue for Pennsylvania from November launch through February this year. But much bigger numbers should begin arriving in July.

PA sports betting apps should arrive this summer and that will almost certainly outpace the revenues generated from brick and mortar casinos.

According to Legal Sports Report, New Jersey took in more than $385 million in wagers this past January. Eighty percent of those wagers were made online. That led to $18.8 million in total revenue.

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States besides PA eye online betting

Many other states may follow Pennsylvania into digital betting. According to an article on Harrisburg’s WITF, mobile sports betting is being considered in at least 14 states.

In Indiana, state Senator Jon Ford recognized mobile sports betting as simply one more sign of progress.

“Everybody’s using mobile to do all kinds of things we weren’t 10 years ago. It’s the future. It’s inevitable.”

Gambling revenues are best viewed in the long term

As most bettors can attest, sports gambling results can fluctuate wildly. The same holds true for sportsbooks. Therefore, it’s best to take a long-range view of the revenues they produce.

A single game can prove costly to a sportsbook, but in the long term, the books are typically profitable. For example, in Rhode Island, the state’s sportsbooks lost $2.35 million on the Super Bowl alone when the Patriots covered the spread. Even with that disastrous result, the sportsbooks have been profitable this year, albeit short of projections.

In Pennsylvania, March should provide the biggest revenues yet for the PA sportsbooks. According to betting analyst Dustin Gouker, Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks were expected to generate between $7 – $10 million in wagers solely on March Madness.

That sort of activity could produce record numbers for the state. It can also help tide them over until online betting launches.

NBC Sports Serving Up 76ers Game With Sports Betting Spin

This Wednesday, NBA fans can watch a broadcast of the 76ers game on NBC Sports Philadelphia+ with three sports betting anchors calling the action.

Legalized sports betting not only changes the way the public consumes the action. Now, it will also change the way in which the public watches sports.

That is no different in Pennsylvania.

On Wednesday, as the Philadelphia 76ers work to solidify the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, NBC Sports Philadelphia will offer an “alternate, betting-focused” feed of the 76ers-Atlanta Hawks matchup.

Presented by NBC Sports Bet, the conglomerate’s recently launched network-focused on wagering, the 7:30 p.m. ET game will have a second feed aired on NBC Sports Philadelphia+ and will feature commentary and analysis alongside up-to-date betting data and information.

“We are thrilled to be the first to provide this betting-focused programming and analysis, with a format that is relevant to everyone, from those just learning to advanced bettors,” NBC Sports Philadelphia President Brian Monihan said in a release. “This live coverage continues our commitment to engage our fans in new and exciting ways.”

How will sports betting-infused telecast look?

The alternate feed’s “special program” will be anchored by Marc Farzetta, host at 97.5 The Fanatic. Joining him will be Brad Feinberg, an analyst on NBC Sports Philadelphia’s sports betting show The Daily Line, and Anthony Gargano, also of The Fanatic.

The panelists expect to discuss not necessarily just play-by-play of the 76ers-Hawks game but also the variety of betting lines and how gameplay influences those lines and bets throughout the night.

Additionally, on-screen graphics will display current betting data and information as well as a glossary of gambling terminology. Other than that, the presentation of this alternate feed will resemble the traditional telecast on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

PA sports betting creates ‘material difference’ for network

While NBC Sports has committed only to this one game with a secondary sports betting feed, the industry certainly offers an opportunity for networks to capitalize.

Especially the PA sports betting world in Philadelphia.

Consider, after all, that six of eight sportsbooks in Pennsylvania reside in the Philadelphia area.

Earlier this year, David Preschlack, president of NBC Sports Regional Networks, said in an interview that sports betting had already made a “material difference” in the company’s advertising revenue. The Philly network, he noted, led the market.

That network already jumped on the sports betting bandwagon during the football season, when NBC Sports Philadelphia introduced The Daily Line.

Interestingly, Philly’s sister station, NBC Sports Washington, already gave the public a peek into how this alternate feed will look. The network aired a sports betting-based feed for selects Wizards games this season. There, though, the Wizards created contests for viewers and used the same broadcast team as the standard feed.

Mount Airy And Mohegan Bring PA Sportsbook Licensee Tally To Nine

There are only four PA casinos not pursuing sports betting now that both Mount Airy and MOhegan Sun Pocono have started the application process.

The frozen sportsbook tundra that was northeast Pennsylvania may have a thaw in sight.

This past week, news broke that that Mohegan Sun Pocono submitted petitions to provide legalized sports betting via a land-based sportsbook. Also, as the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) confirmed, Mount Airy also submitted a petition.

A look at Mohegan Sun’s petition

Downs Racing, who owns Mohegan Sun, filed their petition on Mar. 27, according to a copy of the petition that PAOnlineCasino obtained. The petition reads:

“Downs Racing is seeking a certificate to offer all types of sports wagering permitted by Pennsylvania law and intends to offer a combination of land-based, mobile, and interactive sports wagering.”

It goes on to say that Downs Racing expects that launching a sportsbook will provide further benefit to the Commonwealth. The group also noted that it paid around $123 million in taxes to the state for its 2016-2017 fiscal year.

“Downs Racing has also made sizeable donations to local agencies, charitable efforts and community-based organizations,” the petition says.

As for the types of sports betting the casino will offer, its petition says they want to provide wagering across all permitted platforms. This would include PA online sports betting.

A look at Mount Airy’s petition

The copy of Mount Airy’s petition PA Online Casino obtained contains a note that the casino filed the petition on Mar. 29.

“It is anticipated that the addition of sports wagering will enhance the Mt. Airy facility, increasing its competitiveness in the regional gaming market by providing a significant amenity for gaming patrons,” the petition noted. “If sports wagering is authorized at the Mt. Airy facility, significant economic benefits will be realized by the Commonwealth and Commonwealth residents”

According to the petition, the casino plans to offer land-based, online, and interactive sports wagering. With these platforms, the casino notes that it should take around 36 months to reach its mature projected tax revenue.

The petition goes on to say that the casino’s immediate plans are to provide sports wagering via kiosks on the gaming floor.

Schematics indicating exactly where these kiosks go were not available via the petition we studied.

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Online betting expected this summer

At the beginning of the year, all seemed positive for Pennsylvania casinos who wanted to launch sportsbooks. However, the Department of Justice ruled in February that online gambling fell under the jurisdiction of the Wire Act.

This somewhat surprising decision created problems for sportsbook operators who planned on using existing servers in New Jersey, for example. Now, Pennsylvania sports betting data through those servers is not an option. As a result, the properties need to quickly execute a contingency plan.

The Wire Act forbids this because it forbids moving money and information across state lines. Moreover, the new opinion also has to potential to redefine what constitutes an out-of-state transaction in a much narrower manner.

As a result, the PGCB’s executive director Kevin O’Toole revealed during a budget hearing in Harrisburg in March that the projected launch date for online gambling — sports betting included — would be postponed until the summer, although some experts predict at least on book goes online later this month.

Parlay-Vous Money? Parx Bettor Hits 15-Leg, $57K Bet

One Parx Sportsbook bettor defied the odds and cashed in a 15-leg parlay ticket. The ticket cost $25 and paid out a whopping $57,146.40.

It was a stroke of luck 15 times over.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported this past week that an unidentified gambler went to Parx Sportsbook in Philly and placed a $25 bet on a 15-game parlay and hit every single game, earning him or her $57,146.40.

Parx Senior Vice President of Interactive Gaming and Sports Matthew Cullen told the Inquirer the casino had no hard feeling about such a big payout.

“It’s not bittersweet at all paying that out. This is the business that we are in. Some bets we win and some bets our customers win. It’s the nature of our business.”

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Fifteen up and 15 down: Analyzing the $57K bet

The mystery bettor’s ticket included 15 different games across three different sports: NCAA basketball, the NBA, and the NHL.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the games upon which he or she bet, along with the type of bet:


The mystery winner picked two NCAA games: One from the big tournament and one from the NIT. The Fairleigh Dickinson game was a bit of a nail-biter, as they were down 13 with 18:37 left in the second half.

    • Fairleigh Dickinson vs. Prairie View A&M (moneyline). Farleigh Dickinson rallied to win after being down double digits in this March Madness play-in.
    • Creighton vs. Loyola Chicago (-3): An NIT matchup, the Bluejays won by 9.


The parlay included one game that ended up being a blowout.

  • Washington vs. New Jersey (moneyline): The Caps downed the Devils 4-1.


This is where the Pennsylvania sports bettor needed the lion’s share of the luck, as he or she bet on the moneyline and over/under for each game except for the Brooklyn game:

  • Philadelphia vs. Charlotte (over)
  • Milwaukee vs. LA Lakers (under)
  • Golden State vs. Minnesota (under)
  • LA Clippers vs. Indiana (over)
  • Houston vs. Atlanta (under)
  • Brooklyn vs. Sacramento (Nets and +3.5, over)

Perhaps the most shocking outcome amid these games was the Nets’ win. Their matchup against the Kings included a 20-0 run by the Kings. The Nets needed a 44-point effort from resurgent D’Angelo Russell (27 came in the fourth quarter) to preserve the win for the Nets.

Parx among eight sportsbooks in PA

PA sports betting is a relatively new phenomenon, as it took more than a year after the state’s gambling expansion bill to open a land-based sportsbook.

However, since the first sportsbook opened at Hollywood Casino at Penn National in November 2017, seven more have followed:

Seton Hall And Fairleigh Dickinson Are Dancing: Here’s Where To Bet On Them

New Jersey’s Fairleigh Dickinson Knights weren’t looking good five minutes into the second half of their NCAA Tournament play-in game against Prairie View A&M Tuesday at the University of Dayton (OH) Arena.

The Knights were losing 50-38. Fifteen minutes later, they were on their way to the round of 64 after closing on a 44-26 run.

With their win, they join Seton Hall University as the only two New Jersey teams participating in March Madness. The state’s gambling laws don’t allow people to bet on New Jersey teams in New Jersey.

What that means for serious March Madness bettors is that they cannot bet on one seed Gonzaga either, as the entire game is off the board. Should Seton Hall advance to the second round, going to Pennsylvania will be the only way to bet on the Pirates’ presumed opponent the University of Kentucky too.

Thankfully, neighboring Pennsylvania has sportsbooks at which you can place bets on the Knights and Pirates.

However, if you do want to bet in Pennsylvania, be aware there is no PA online betting yet. There are eight retail sportsbooks to choose from though, including six in the Philadelphia area.

Kambi sportsbooks offering lines for Seton Hall and Fairleigh Dickinson

At the time of publishing, Pennsylvania sports betting operator Kambi was offering lines on NJ teams’ games via Rivers Sportsbook, SugarHouse Sportsbook, and Parx Sportsbook.

We went to Rivers’ online bet slip to find out the lines at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

#10 Seton Hall vs. #7 Wofford (9:40 p.m., 3/21)

The spread for Seton Hall’s Thursday match-up against upstart Wofford is +2.5. The over/under was at 145 and the money line for Seton Hall was +128.

The Pirates put together a 20-13 season and made a solid run in the Big East tournament before falling to Philadelphia’s own Villanova 72-74 in the final.

The Pirates’ finished the season ranked 34th in the AP poll, 29th in the Coaches poll, and had a NET ranking of 57.

The Knights have been to the Big Dance 13 times and each of the past four years. Their deepest run in the tournament came in 1989 when the reached the finals but lost to Michigan.

#16 Fairleigh Dickinson vs. #1 Gonzaga (7:27 p.m., 3/21)

Understandably so, Kambi had Fairleigh Dickinson as a heavy underdog at +27. At the time of publishing, that was the biggest spread of any #16-#1 match-up.

The total for the match-up was 152.5 and there was no money line on the game.

Fairleigh Dickinson is one of four 16 seeds who snuck into the tournament. The Knights finished the year at 21-13 and earned an automatic bid to the tournament after beating St. Francis in the Northeast Conference tournament championship.

At the end of the season, the Knights were not ranked in any of the major polls and had a NET ranking of 203.

The school is 0-5 in its five NCAA Tournament appearances.

Only one 16 seed has won their first round match-up: the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2018, when the beat possible title contender Virginia.

March Madness expected to bring in $8.5 billion handle

According to a Forbes article published this week, the American Gaming Association estimates that 47 million Americans will bet more than $8.5 billion on the NCAA Tournament this year.

About half of what’s bet will be spent on tournament brackets.

“The NCAA Tournament brackets and pools generate gigantic interest, and $4.6 billion is expected to be wagered on a collective 149 million brackets by more than 40 million people,” contributor Jay Ginsbach wrote. On average, fans fill out four brackets at an average of $30 per bracket.”

A Tale Of Two Cities: Philly And Pittsburgh Sports Betting Numbers

While Rivers Sportsbook in Pittsburgh rakes in bets, the Philadelphia sportsbooks are struggling for market share and revenue.

The Super Bowl has long been the most-watched and most-wagered-on sporting event in America.

Even in February, albeit a short month, the biggest NFL game of the year would theoretically provide a boost to legalized sports betting in Pennsylvania.

Last month, though, not even the Big Game could drive PA sports betting forward.

According to financials released by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board this week, the state’s six sportsbooks in February took in $31,500,742 in wagers. That total was down just $511,096.82 from the previous month.

Revenue, however, fell drastically. The number was down more than 25 percent month-over-month to $1,946,816.50.

Super Bowl can’t boost PA sports betting

The New England Patriots hoisting the Lombardi Trophy did not sit well with sportsbooks in any state.

New Jersey, for example, lost a combined $4.5 million on Super Bowl wagers.

FanDuel Sportsbook lost approximately $1 million, according to estimates. DraftKings Sportsbook, meanwhile, paid out about $11 million.

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PA sports betting revenue takes a dive

The Keystone State featured a half dozen sportsbooks for the second straight month. Except February was the first month where all books were operational for the entire period.

Rather than taking a step forward, however, some regressing occurred in February.

Granted, as noted, February is a shorter month. And overall handle last month dipped by just 1.6 percent.

Yet total revenue fell below $2 million for the first time since November, the first month of PA sports betting that only had one sportsbook operational. And that sportsbook was only open for two weeks, over Thanksgiving no less.

Rivers Sportsbook topped the list of revenue-earners in February with $627,520.99, just ahead of SugarHouse Sportsbook with $522,308.00.

On the flip side, Pennsylvania’s trailblazing property, Hollywood Sportsbook, reported a mere $13,914.20. That total represents a $270,710 decrease from January. Another casino that struggled in February was Parx Sportsbook, which had its revenue fall by a whopping 68 percent to $369,995.89.

PropertyHandleGross RevenueTax
Hollywood Sportsbook$3,742,819.85$13,914.20$5,009.11
SugarHouse Sportsbook$7,091,933.11$522,308.00$188,030.88
Rivers Sportsbook$8,147,558.96$627,520.99$225,907.56
Parx Sportsbook$6,965,511.90$369,995.89$133,198.52
South Philadelphia Turf Club$2,601,650.62$275,876.90$99,315.69
Harrah's Sportsbook$2,951,267.50$137,200.52$49,392.19

Quick takeaways from February

The PA sports betting industry is only in its fifth month of operations. Plus, it still does not feature online wagering.

Regardless, the first few reports are starting to paint a picture.

Kambi controls market

Of the six properties in Pennsylvania, four sportsbooks have leveraged Kambi Group. To date, those facilities have generated 77 percent of the state’s overall handle and 80.9 percent of revenue.

In February alone, Kambi’s four sportsbooks (Rivers, SugarHouse, Parx, and South Philadelphia Turf Club) reported a combined $1,795,701.7892.2 percent of the month’s revenue.

These properties have a wide reach in the state, with three located in Philadelphia and one in Pittsburgh. Additionally, they utilize self-service kiosks for easier access. Even better, the properties all offer betslip builder websites that allow customers to create betting tickets before heading to the retail sportsbook to save time at the counter.

Of course, the PA sports betting industry expanded in March with the introduction of FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino Resort as well as Valley Forge Turf Club. The latter, though, also leverages Kambi.

Head to head: Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia

The City of Brotherly Love has become the hub for PA sports betting, with four sportsbooks operational in February. Yet Pittsburgh, a one-horse town, has taken hold of the state share.

Since December, Rivers has accepted nearly $23.3 million in handle. That accounts for more than 28 percent of the state’s overall handle numbers. Philly sportsbooks, meanwhile, averaged just over $10.7 million.

In terms of revenue, Philadelphia properties have averaged just over $854,000, compared with Rivers’ total of $2.55 million.

February followed that trend as well:

  • Rivers: $8.15 million handle, $627,520.99 revenue
  • Philadelphia average: $4.9 million handle, $326,345.33 revenue

Experts Think PA Sportsbooks Could Take $10 Million In March Madness Bets

While the collective regulated sports betting market in the US will take more than $400 million in wagers, the eight PA sportsbook should only take in $10m.

The Super Bowl may remain the gold standard for legalized sports betting in America. But March Madness should not be forgotten.

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is the second-biggest event for wagering. The action tips off with the First Four on Tuesday. And with it, the first of likely hundreds of millions of dollars should begin coming into regulated sportsbooks across the country.

Dustin Gouker, lead analyst for TheLines, projected that upward of $400 million in legal wagers should be placed at retail and online sportsbooks in the US. That includes some $300 million in Nevada and $75 million in New Jersey.

Pennsylvania, meanwhile, is part of a group of six states that collectively, “should generate around $25 million in NCAA Tournament bets,” according to the release.

Of course, NV and NJ lead crowd

The first year of legalized March Madness betting outside of Nevada has already begun. Obviously, TheLines analysts expect the granddaddy of them all, Nevada, to account for the lion’s share of tourney wagering.

Nevada took in a record $459 million in bets during March 2018, with March Madness accounting for about $300 million. Per TheLines, using this past Super Bowl as a guide, New Jersey could attract 25 percent of Nevada’s tourney handle. Gouker explained:

“In Nevada, the NCAA Tournament trails only the Super Bowl in popularity for sports bettors and actually generates more bets because of the number of games. New Jersey, which is the second-largest legal sports betting market, is not as event-driven as the Silver State. But the overall handle should propel the state into a record month for handle.”

Added Gouker:

“I am particularly bullish on New Jersey, where the interest in NBA and college basketball betting has been high. Basketball has drawn a higher share of wagering in New Jersey than it has in Nevada this season, and that will likely translate well to the NCAA Tournament.”

PA sports betting outlook remains low

As noted, PA sports betting is expected to be part of a crowd that generates a third of New Jersey’s tournament handle.

Based on to-date handle in the state, Gouker estimated that legal Pennsylvania sportsbooks will accept between $7 million and $10 million in March Madness wagers.

In February, albeit a short month, PA sports betting handle dropped despite featuring the Super Bowl. Still, the $31.5 million wagered last month stands as the second-most in the industry’s three-and-a-half month history.

The Super Bowl was certainly a target date for those sportsbooks that launched in time for the game, such as Hollywood SportsbookRivers Sportsbook, and SugarHouse Sportsbook.

For those operations that recently opened, such as FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino Resort, March Madness has become their Super Bowl.

“The goal the whole time was to be open for March Madness,” Jeff Lowich, senior director of retail for FanDuel Sportsbook, told The Philadelphia Inquirer earlier this month. “It’s hard to understand it until you’ve either been through it or seen it. Once you go through that, you don’t want to sit at home and watch a fight or a game on your couch. Whether you’re with friends or even strangers, when you’re in a sportsbook, it’s just fun.”

Valley Forge General Manager Dave Zerfing echoed that sentiment, one surely shared by all eight PA sportsbooks.

“If you haven’t been in a sportsbook for March Madness, there is nothing more exciting than that first weekend with all those games going on and everybody having action on everything.”

PA still without online sports betting

While Pennsylvania could eventually become a legalized wagering power in America, the state’s lack of PA online sports betting is something of an issue in the interim.

Regulated online wagering in the state remains months away, with launch potentially not green-lit until the summer. Already, eight PA sportsbooks have plans to go mobile.

If online was operational, certainly PA’s projections would be higher. Consider the industry of nearby New Jersey’s, where 80 percent of monthly handle comes via online sportsbooks.

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Futures of March Madness

Of the 68 teams in the NCAA tournament, eight hail from states that offer legal sports betting. Two (Villanova and Temple) reside in Philadelphia.

New Jersey, which sent Fairleigh Dickinson and Seton Hall to the tourney, does not allow bettors to wager on teams from its state. Pennsylvania, however, does.

Along those lines, using information from its online betslip builderParx Sportsbook lists No. 6 Villanova at +3,000 to win the national title for the second straight year and third time in four seasons. No. 11 Temple, meanwhile, holds a +50,000 line at Parx and at Rivers, which also boasts an online betslip builder.

At Rivers, Villanova sits at +3,300 to win it all. FanDuel Sportsbook ins New Jersey lists Villanova at +3,500 and Temple at +25,000.

Meanwhile, plenty of NJ basketball fans are pinning their March Madness hopes on the Big East champions. A DraftKings Sportsbook spokesperson revealed six percent of the tickets so far are on Villanova, as well as four percent of the money.

Unsurprisingly, the top seeds in each region sit as the favorites.

Parx SportsbookRivers SportsbookFanDuel Sportsbook
No. 1 Duke +200No. 1 Duke +225No. 1 Duke +220
No. 1 Gonzaga +550No. 1 Gonzaga +575No. 1 Gonzaga +600
No. 1 Virginia +650No. 1 Virginia +700No. 1 Virginia +700
No. 1 North Carolina +700No. 1 North Carolina +750No. 1 North Carolina +950