Big Treats for October Jackpot Winners at PA Casinos

PA casinos paid out dozens of jackpots to PA residents and visitors in October. Have a look at some of the biggest winners of the month.

October was filled with plenty of treats for these lucky winners at Pennsylvania casinos. In the upcoming months, two new casinos will offer players more ways to win.

Live! Casino Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s first mini-casino, is set to open on Nov. 24. In early 2021, Live! Casino Philadelphia will welcome guests.

Pennsylvania is also home to 12 online casinos, which give players a chance to win from the comfort and safety of their own homes — or anywhere in PA. Here’s a look at some of the biggest winners from October.

(The following is not a complete list of winners.)

Harrah’s Philadelphia’s biggest winner

October was a historic month for Harrah’s Philadelphia and a ridiculously happy month for one lucky player.

Eugene L. won a $1,319,265.50 mega table games progressive jackpot at Four Card Poker. It is the largest payout ever at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

Great weekend for two players at Valley Forge Casino

Brian N., a King of Prussia resident, won $714,000 at the Super 4 Progressive table on Oct. 9. Two days later, an unnamed player hit for $192,000.

Valley Forge Casino’s vice president and general manager David Zerfing commented on the winners:

“It was an exciting weekend, and we’re thrilled that not one, but two of our valued guests had such notable wins. As people continue to feel more comfortable in safely returning to the casino, we hope to see this trend of large jackpot winnings continue to occur often at Valley Forge.”

The Super 4 Progressive side bet wager wins when the dealer has a blackjack and the combination of the dealer’s blackjack AND the player’s two cards qualifies for the 100% progressive bonus. Additionally, any player who places a wager on the Super 4 receives an “Envy Bonus” payout when another player at the table is the winner of the 100% bonus.

Lightning Link Strikes at Harrah’s Philadelphia

Mohegan Sun Pocono October winners

Presque Isle Downs October winners

There was a $100K winner at Wheel Of Fortune Triple Red Hot 7s.

Rivers Casino Philadelphia October winners

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh October winners

More Rivers winners:

Valley Forge Casino October winners

More Valley Forge Casino winners:

Wind Creek winners

There was a Black Gold Wild winner at Wind Creek.

Penny slot wins at Wind Creek:

Hollywood Casino October winners

Hooray for these Hollywood Casino winners:

October Jackpots at other PA casinos

A $100,000 Play Ten Draw Poker jackpot at The Meadows.

A $40,000 Wheel of Fortune win and other October jackpots at Parx Casino.

A $80,375 jackpot winner at Mount Airy.

Here at PAOC, we always remind you to keep gambling fun: Play responsibly.

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Given The Shared Wallet With NJ And iOS App, FanDuel PA Sportsbook Launch Worth The Wait

While FanDuel made customers wait before they could see the new PA sports betting app, the end result is an unprecedented online betting option.

**This is a developing story and we will update with new information as it comes in

FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino joined the Pennsylvania online sports betting game on Monday. It came almost four hours after their projected launch time which was delayed due to technical difficulties.

FanDuel Sportsbook will conduct a testing period over the course of three days.

  • Monday, July 22nd: 7:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.
  • Tuesday, July 23rd: 2 p.m. – 12 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 24th: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Once these three days of supervised testing is completed and receives approval from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), the app can roll out 24/7 availability.

FanDuel represents the fourth online sportsbook in Pennsylvania. PlaySugarHouse hit the market first at the end of May. Parx and Rivers launched online sports betting at the end of June.

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What we know so far

FanDuel online sportsbook was slated to launch at 4 p.m. on Monday. Initial efforts to login were met with a “website unavailable” message. Technical difficulties pushed the start time to 7:30 p.m.

Around 7:45 p.m. the site launched. However, some users had difficulty accessing the app via iPhone.

No need to download a different app to use the FanDuel online sportsbook in Pennsylvania either. Android and iOS users are prompted to download an upgrade to existing FanDuel apps. From there, the app handles the geolocating.

Users can simply login with their existing credentials to access the site. According to FanDuel support and reports from a few users, you have access to New Jersey funds. Meaning, if you have already deposited on the site in New Jersey, you can bet with that money rather than deposit all over again.

“It was a pleasant surprise,” said one user, who placed a bet on the White Sox vs. Marlins game. “After waiting all day I guess it made it worth it.”

How to login to FanDuel Sportsbook

You must be physically located in Pennsylvania or New Jersey to use the FanDuel sportsbook. You can access it via your browser or app.

The URL for the PA version of FanDuel is

iOS users can download “FanDuel Sportsbook” at the App Store. Android users can download their phone’s version of the app directly from the FanDuel website.

Login information required

  • Name
  • Username
  • Email
  • Password (must be at least 8 characters and include one letter and one number)
  • Two security questions/answers
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Last 4 digits of SSN
  • You must agree to terms & conditions
  • Allow FanDuel Sportsbook to access your location. You must click “Always Allow” in order to verify your location to permit wagering.

Of course, if you already have an account in New Jersey, as mentioned you can log in using those credentials, then FanDuel will verify you are good to go in the Keystone State.

Current promotion for FanDuel

The FanDuel Sportbook is running a $500 risk free-bet promotion. It applies to New Jersey and Pennsylvania users.

First, players deposit up to $500 in their account. Players need to wager one bet up to that amount. Why is it “no risk?” If your bet loses, FanDuel will put the amount back into your account as bonus money.

The promotion is available without a promo code.

Some small print to note :

    • The promotion runs from  July 22, 2019 to  Dec. 31 2019 11:59 ET.
    • The promotion is only open to individuals who are at least 21 years of age and are physically present in New Jersey or Pennsylvania.
    •  You must have an active FanDuel Sportsbook member account. If you do not agree to BIU’s terms and privacy policy, you cannot create a sportsbook account or participate in this promotion.
    • If your eligible wager wins, you will not receive any promotion bonus.
    • The promotion bonus may only be used for wagering on your sportsbook account.
    • Any unused portion of the promotion bonus will be automatically withdrawn from your sportsbook account seven days after being credited to your sportsbook account.
    • You may withdraw your deposited funds without penalty or play-through requirement at any time.

FanDuel Sportsbook deposit and withdraw methods

Customers have a number of ways to get money online.

  • ACH (eCheck)
  • FanDuel Prepaid card
  • Check
  • Credit or debit card
  • Online bank transfer
  • Wire transfer

According to FanDuel customer support, PayPal and cash at counter are in the works for deposit methods, but neither are available right now.

Withdrawal options:

  • ACH
  • FanDuel Prepaid card
  • Check

FanDuel Sportsbook long list of choices

What can I wager on at the FanDuel Sportsbook:

  • MLB
  • NFL
  • NBA
  • NHL
  • College Football
  • College Basketball
  • Australian Rules
  • Boxing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Darts
  • Golf
  • MMA
  • Motor Racing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

FanDuel also offers:

  • Live betting on games in progress
  • MLB Home Runs: Odds on who will hit a home run during the game.
  • NFL Futures: Pro Football 54 Champions (the Super Bowl), NFL MVP, Conference Champions, Offensive ROY, Defensive ROY, Most passing yards, most rushing yards, winning conference, winning division.

The revenue king of New Jersey crosses the river

Will FanDuel’s success flow across the river?

FanDuel tops New Jersey online sports revenue betting numbers with a year-to-date total of $29,446,758. They account for about half of all of the state’s online sports betting revenue.

As the only online sportsbook in Pennsylvania in operation for a full month, SugarHouse garnered $932,112 in revenue in June.

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.

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.

You Want Brackets? FanDuel Has Free Brackets, Contests, And $250K

Oh, the madness has begun. And FanDuel Sportsbook is ready to amp it up even more.

The newest legal sportsbook in Pennsylvania, and an online sports betting mainstay in New Jersey, FanDuel has rolled out an expanded list of offerings ahead of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Among them is the linchpin of March Madness: filling out brackets.

We all expect to go a perfect 63-0 when picking winners in each game, though the probability of that is low. Mathematicians have pegged such an occurrence at 1 in 9.2 quintillion. Even getting into the second round without a loss is dang near impossible.

With FanDuel Bracket Madness, though, you don’t need to be perfect to claim a share of $250,000 in prizes.

Fill out the bracket to fill up your wallet

The FanDuel Bracket Madness is not limited to state borders. Even better? It’s free to play.

Open to anyone with 21 years and older and access to the FanDuel Sportsbook website can create a free account to become eligible to participate in the bracket challenge.

Once the tournament field is set on March 17, users can begin filling out their brackets. They must be completed by March 21.

Each correct pick earns points. With more points come better odds at claiming a larger portion of the $250,000 prize pool.

The breakdown of said pool ranges from $100,000 for first place to $25 for 1,000th. The distribution looks like this:


Should users tie, awards will be combined and divided among them. FanDuel limits users to one bracket.

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But wait, there’s more at FanDuel Sportsbook

An industry leader in New Jersey that just expanded into PA sports betting, FanDuel Sportsbook also offers a daily free-to-play contest revolving around the tourney.

With Props Pick’em, users will play a daily props game in which they compete for $10,000 jackpots during each day of the tournament. Should no winner emerge on any given day, that total will roll over into the next day.

Of course, FanDuel Sportsbook will offer its traditional sports betting markets as well as several other promotions for customers within New Jersey borders:

  • Bandwagon Bonus: Place any NCAA championship futures bet, receive a $5 bonus for each game that team wins in the tournament.
  • Conference Tournaments: Wager at least $10 on five or more conference tournament games, receive $10 in FanDuel Sportsbook site credit.

FanDuel’s latest offerings reflect its effort in “innovating with our customer in mind,” FanDuel Group Chief Product Office Nik Bonnadio said in a release.

“So, whether sports fans just want to bet on a team, player prop, or simply fill out a bracket – we make it easy for them to do it all in one place with just a few clicks of the button. Everything you want to do for March Madness can be done on FanDuel.”

FanDuel continues to expand, including into PA

These latest moves by FanDuel Sportsbook follow a successful launch in Pennsylvania this week.

The sportsbook recently opened its retail location at Valley Forge Casino Resort. Certainly, FanDuel expects to be among the first to introduce online sports betting in the state when it receives the green light summer.

Interestingly, FanDuel Bracket Madness also hit the market shortly after DraftKings Sportsbook introduced a similar offering. FanDuel’s chief competitor announced free-to-play and $20 entry pools for filling out brackets earlier this week.

FanDuel Beats Turf Club To Launch In Valley Forge Battle

It’s a busy couple of days for PA sports betting. Valley Forge Turf Club began testing on Tuesday. FanDuel at Valley Forge Casino starts testing Monday.

Two new sportsbooks are arriving in Pennsylvania just in time for March Madness.

Both Valley Forge Turf Club and FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino began testing this week. Now area bettors have two new options for gaming before the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament tips off on March 21.

FanDuel Sportsbook started testing on Monday. Valley Forge Turf Club followed suit on Tuesday. The Valley Forge Casino book launches officially on Wednesday. Turf Club’s full launch is set for Thursday.

“The goal the whole time was to be open for March Madness,” Jeff Lowich, senior director of retail for FanDuel, told “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.”

Former Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek is scheduled to attend the sportsbook’s grand opening. He will place the ceremonial first bet.

FanDuel looking to build on NJ success

Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming purchased Valley Forge Casino last September. Since then, it added more than $40 million in upgrades to the property.

The casino’s sportsbook aims to continue the success of the FanDuel brand, which launched its first sportsbook last summer at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. According to Legal Sports Report, FanDuel’s Meadowlands property led all New Jersey sportsbooks in combined digital and retail revenues from December to January, taking in over $16 million.

Now, the brand will branch across the region with its first sportsbook in Pennsylvania, a rapidly growing sports betting market. The Keystone State should have at least nine sportsbooks open before football season.

“People are already familiar with FanDuel,” Boyd Gaming spokesperson David Strow said in January. “It’s a reason for people to come to Valley Forge Casino Resort and give our product a try.”

Valley Forge Turf Club is Parx’s third book

Valley Forge Turf Club in Oaks, PA, started taking bets on Tuesday. The sportsbook recently completed a $500,000 renovation to prepare for the opening. The improvements include several high-definition televisions and improved surveillance equipment.

Last month, Greenwood Gaming, which also owns Parx Casino in Bensalem, opened a sportsbook at South Philadelphia Turf Club. With the arrival of the Valley Forge property, Greenwood will become a clear leader in Pennsylvania’s sports betting industry with three of the eight PA sportsbooks.

In court filings for its bid to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the company highlighted the strengths of Valley Forge Turf Club.

“Situated near Philadelphia’s ‘Main Line,’ the facility is ideally suited for a sports wagering operation as it is easily accessible to sports fans and travelers,” Greenwood’s court filings read, according to Philadelphia Business Journal.

PA closing the gap on NJ sports betting

With the arrival of two more sportsbooks this month, Pennsylvania is moving closer to challenging its neighbor New Jersey on the sports betting front. New Jersey is home to more sportsbooks. More importantly, the Garden State’s big edge is digital wagers. Online betting accounts for roughly 80 percent of all wagers in New Jersey. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania isn’t expected to launch online betting until July.

This month’s wagers might provide an interesting glimpse into what the future holds. With Pennsylvania claiming about 3.8 million more people than New Jersey, PA could soon overtake its neighbor in gambling revenue once mobile betting arrives. For now, the state’s casinos can simply expect record revenues in February for its relatively new betting industry. Hopefully, the Super Bowl gave the industry a big boost compared to January.

As for March, PA has two new properties are entering the fray and the immensely popular NCAA Tournament, which should make for another good month.

Valley Forge Getting Not One, But Two Sportsbooks In Immediate Future

The Valley Forge area will soon have more sportsbooks than Pittsburgh. Within two weeks both Valley Forge Casino and Valley Forge Turf Club should launch.

Pennsylvania will soon host its seventh retail sportsbook. The Valley Forge Turf Club should open its doors sometime in the next two weeks, according to Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) Chief Counsel Doug Sherman.

The launch will mark the second off-track betting location to offer Pennsylvania sports betting. South Philadelphia Turf Club opened in January 2019.

Both turf clubs are owned by Greenwood Gaming, which also owns Parx Casino. Thus, Greenwood will own more sportsbooks in Pennsylvania than any other operator.

Coincidentally, both turf clubs plan to raise their admission age from 18 to 21. While horse racing allows betting for 18 and up, the off-track betting parlors will adhere to sports betting’s age limits.

Valley Forge Turf Club sportsbook details

The new sportsbook will be the result of a $500,000 renovation of the existing OTB parlor area. The updates include the addition of several high-definition televisions and improved surveillance equipment.

Valley Forge Turf Club will also have the following features:

  • 6 tellers and 14 kiosks for sports betting
  • 23 tellers and 13 kiosks for horse racing

The kiosks will be Novomatic-TV-830 model machines. Greenwood Gaming already has 30 of these machines in operation at the other two sportsbooks. Kambi, Parx’s sports betting partner, powers the kiosks.

How things are going at South Philly Turf Club

The debut of a second off-track betting parlor-turned-sportsbook would suggest that things are going swimmingly at South Philadelphia Turf Club (SPTC). So far, there is only limited information about how well the SPTC is doing.

Last month, the SPTC accepted $858,130 in wagers. From that handle, the book held $91,835, the lowest revenue amount in the state.

Bear in mind that the SPTC opened its doors on Jan. 17. So, that figure represents two weeks of service.

However, Harrah’s Philadelphia did not launch its retail sportsbook until a week later, on Jan. 24. Yet, Harrah’s managed to keep $103,569 out of just over $615,000 in handle.

So, the newer casino-based sportsbook ran far more efficiently than its OTB counterpart. Harrah’s Philadelphia, in fact, had an operating profit margin (revenue divided by handle) of 16.82 percent in January 2019.

As it turns out, in terms of operating profit margin, Harrah’s outperformed every sportsbook in Pennsylvania aside from Parx. In fact, the SPTC was the next-most-efficient location, with a hold percentage of 10.7 percent.

Based upon this metric (if not absolute numbers), the SPTC was quite successful. So, perhaps the Valley Forge Turf Club’s debut makes sense after all.

Two other sportsbooks on the horizon

The Valley Forge Turf Club’s debut would, indeed, be the seventh sportsbook to open in Pennsylvania. However, that number should grow larger in a very short time. In fact, another property might beat the OTB to the punch.

Valley Forge Casino is on a similar launch trajectory. It is likely that the book will open in time to accept wagers on March Madness games.

Presque Isle Downs should also open its sportsbook in March or April. So, by the time the summer rolls around, there will likely be nine different retail sportsbooks active in the Keystone State. Hopefully, after that, the focus can shift to getting online sport betting off the ground.

For Most PA Casinos, Revenue Remains Steady As She Goes

When it comes to PA casino revenue, no news is good news, with September 2018 numbers holding steady at the 12 Pennsylvania gaming properties.

September marked another big month for most of Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos.

According to figures released by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) this week, casinos combined to post statewide total gaming revenues of $268,519,825 throughout the month. The number is down less than one percent from the September 2017 statewide total gaming revenue figure of $271,012,678.

September 2018 PA slot machine revenues are actually up 0.42 percent from the same month last year, hitting $196,209,617.90.

However, a decrease of 4.4 percent in table games revenue, from $75,615,712 in September 2017 to $72,310,207 last month, caused a slight statewide total gaming revenue dip.

The state collected $11,634,379 in tax revenue from table games and $102,279,882 in tax revenues from slots throughout the month.

PA’s 12 casinos operated 25,471 slot machines and 1,281 table games on a daily basis during September 2018.

Parx on top, Sands slipping

Parx continued to hold on to the title of top-grossing casino in the state. It posted $49,185,572 in total gaming revenue, up 3.66 percent from $47,447,881 in September 2017.

However, perennial second-place finisher Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem saw its numbers dip substantially. It held on to second place, but total gaming revenue figures dropped more than 10 percent from $47,506,731 in September 2017 to $42,633,271 last month.

Sands continued to post the biggest table game revenue numbers in the state, despite reporting an 18.8 drop from $22,688,379 in September 2017 to $18,422,996 last month. Its slot revenue numbers dropped 2.45 percent from $24,818,351.87 in September 2017 to $24,210,274.55.

Sands revenue numbers appear to have been falling since March 2018, when the Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ Wind Creek Hospitality announced it would be buying the property for $1.3 billion from Las Vegas Sands Corp.

The ascension of Valley Forge

Valley Forge Casino Resort posted the largest increase in September total gaming revenue. The $10,451,129 in total gaming revenue Valley Forge posted last month marked a 10.48 percent increase over the $9,459,888 it recorded in September 2017.

Valley Forge revenues have been climbing ever since it paid $1 million to the state to eliminate a $10 resort fee for customers at the end of 2017. Boyd Gaming Corporation also entered into an agreement to acquire Valley Forge Casino Resort in December 2017. The Las Vegas, Nevada-based gaming company finalized the $280.5 million deal in September.

PA casino gaming revenue numbers

Five of 12 casinos posted year-over-year gains in September. Here’s a look at the September 2018 total gaming revenue numbers and movement at all 12 casinos:

For most, the numbers are expected to climb substantially with the launch of PA sports betting and PA online casinos coming in the fourth quarter of 2018 or early 2019.

The following charts, courtesy of, display September 2018 PA market share numbers and a PA gaming revenue comparison:

Despite No Application Yet, FanDuel Sportsbook Is Coming To PA Soon

Daily fantasy sports turned sports betting operator FanDuel is coming to Pennsylvania through Boyd Gaming’s Valley Forge Casino Resort.

Daily fantasy sports turned sports betting operator FanDuel is coming to Pennsylvania.

Last week, sources inside the company told PlayPennsylvania that a FanDuel Sportsbook mobile sports betting app will soon launch in PA. It will do so out of Boyd Gaming‘s Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia.

FanDuel has already moved into the New Jersey and West Virginia sports betting markets. Pennsylvania appears to be next.

Valley Forge Casino Resort has yet to apply for a $10 million sports betting license with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). However, FanDuel claims an application is in the works.

There is a PGCB meeting scheduled for Sept. 12. However, the board isn’t likely to begin discussing the Valley Forge and FanDuel plan until its Oct. 2 meeting.

Board regulations require sports betting applications to be submitted 90 days before operations launch. However, the Board could approve a Valley Forge and FanDuel license prior to that. A move that may allow operations to launch as early as November.

FanDuel and Paddy Power Betfair

Earlier this year, FanDuel combined operations with Betfair US, a subsidiary of Paddy Power Betfair, one of the largest publicly traded sports betting companies in the world.

The newly created FanDuel Group soon partnered with Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey to launch a brick and mortar sportsbook at the track. It opened on Saturday, July 14. Additionally, its FanDuel Sportsbook mobile sports betting app launched this past weekend.

FanDuel has also inked a deal with West Virginia’s The Greenbrier casino resort to provide an onsite wagering platform inside The Casino Club at The Greenbrier. There are also plans for a FanDuel-branded online site and mobile app.

Additionally, the company’s deal with Meadowlands Racetrack includes a long-term agreement to run retail and online and mobile sports betting with Tioga Downs Casino Resort in New York, once New York passes sports betting legislation.

Boyd Gaming and FanDuel Group

The news of FanDuel’s entrance into PA through Valley Forge Casino Resort was hinted at in early August when Boyd announced it had inked a deal with FanDuel Group to run online and mobile sports betting operations across the US together.

The agreement gives FanDuel Group market access in states, like PA, where Boyd holds gaming licenses. In return, Boyd gets tech and related services for its Boyd-branded mobile and online sports betting products from FanDuel.

Boyd CEO Keith Smith said that deal put them in position to lead the US sports betting market:

“With more than 40 years of experience, Boyd Gaming is a leader in the gaming and entertainment space, and a natural partner as we continue to build a leading position in the sports betting market. There is incredible momentum in the sports betting space and we look forward to partnering with Boyd Gaming to bring the FanDuel Sportsbook to more customers across the United States.”

Boyd and MGM Resorts International

Boyd also struck a deal with MGM Resorts International to run online gambling and mobile sports betting operations together. Both deals mean FanDuel will be working with MGM in additional states where MGM has properties and sports betting is legal.

On the FanDuel side, the agreements do not extend to Nevada. Boyd and MGM already run various proprietary retail and mobile sports betting operations there.

MGM does not operate a casino in PA. This makes Valley Forge the only logical entry point for FanDuel into the Commonwealth’s sports betting market.

Of course, PA sports betting regulations allow license holders only one mobile sportsbook. Plus, that sportsbook must prominently feature the license holder’s name. Therefore, one can expect the product to launch with a name like FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge or something similar.

PA Gaming Board Hands Out Close To Half A Million In Fines

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board dished out a total of $481,116 in fines to one casino and a variety of gaming services firms this week.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) dished out close to half a million dollars in fines last week.

In fact, the Board levied a total of $481,116 in fines to one casino and a variety of gaming services firms at its latest public meeting in Harrisburg on June 27.

The largest fine went to a Nevada-based gaming manufacturer and distributor. Apparently, the firm was doing business with Pennsylvania casinos without proper authorization from the Board, or its knowledge.

American Gaming Systems (AGS) was hit with a $351,271.40 fine. The Board says AGS failed to disclose its intellectual property purchase agreement with a New Jersey casino games company called In Bet Gaming. AGS also did business with PA casinos through In Bet Gaming. Plus, it received proceeds from that business, without gaining authorization or a license from the Board.

In Bet Gaming is authorized by PGCB to conduct gaming related business with PA casinos. A $55,744.60 fine was also levied against it.

PGCB says Pennsylvania licensing requirements were circumvented when games in which AGS holds the intellectual property right were operated in PA casinos.

Super 4 Blackjack Progressive

AGS manufactures and distributes a variety of casino games and slots, including a number of Asian-themed slot machines. Plus, the company produces various versions of traditional table games like Baccarat and Blackjack.

It also runs a number of social casino mobile apps on its own and for various casino partners. For the most part, it’s clients are in the Native American gaming market.

In Bet Gaming is a casino game developer. The company has developed a variety of Blackjack and Baccarat side wager and progressive wager games. The games are in various casinos across the US. In Bet Gaming’s website claims its Super 4 Blackjack Progressive game is available in Pennsylvania. In fact, it lists Valley Forge Casino Resort and Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack as locations where the game can be found.

However, AGS bought five games from In Bet Gaming in October 2017, including Super 4 Blackjack Progressive.

As part of the purchase agreement, AGS received the five games and approximately 500 installations of those games. In addition to Super 4 Blackjack Progressive, the other games include:

  • Blackjack Match Progressive
  • Jackpot Blackjack
  • Royal 9
  • Jackpot Baccarat

AGS also purchased In Bet Gaming’s In Between and Criss Cross Poker games in 2014.

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Excess free slot play

Additionally, a $50,000 fine was levied against operators of Valley Forge Casino Resort. The board says  Valley Forge was guilty of giving out what it calls excess amounts of free slot play.

According to PGCB regulations, PA casinos must impose limits on the amount of free slot play an organization can give away. Plus, they must impose limits on the number of employees who can give it away.

An investigation by the PGCB’s Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement revealed that in 2015 and 2016, various amounts of free slot play was awarded to Valley Forge players by employees who were not authorized to do so. Plus, authorized employees gave away more than approved levels.

Finally, a Nevada-based slot machine provider, licensed to do business with PA casinos, filed financial statements late.

A $24,100 fine was levied against Ditronics Financial Services as a result.

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More Losers Than Winners When It Comes To May Casino Revenue

May was a decent month for PA casinos with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reporting slight increases in combined table game and slots revenues.

May was a decent month for PA casinos with revenues pretty much holding steady across the board.

In fact, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) reported a slight increase in combined table game and slots revenues for the state’s 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos and two smaller resort casinos. As a result, combined total gaming revenues were up 0.43 percent from $277.7 million in May 2017 to $278.9 million last month.

Statewide table game revenues were up 0.6 percent from $74.4 million in May 2017 to $74.9 million last month. Additionally, statewide slot revenues were up 0.37 percent from $203.2 million in May 2017 to $203.99 million in May 2018.

More than $118 million in taxes

The state collected more than $118 million in taxes from the casinos. A little over $106 million of that came from the 25,840 slot machines operating at Pennsylvania casinos. Another $12,058,720 came from the 1,271 table games in operation.

Parx Casino in Bensalem held on to its spot as the states top revenue generating casino. It posted total gaming revenues of $51.7 million, up 7.11 percent from the same month last year.

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem continued to post second-place numbers, despite seeing total gaming revenues decline 3.3 percent from $48.2 million in May 2017 to $46.6 million last month.

Valley Forge Casino Resort saw the biggest percentage increase in revenue from last May. In fact, the King of Prussia casino saw a 25.18 percent increase in total gaming revenues from $9.3 million in May 2017 to $11.7 million last month.

The Philadelphia-area casino paid $1 million to the state to eliminate it’s $10 resort fee for customers at the end of last year. It has seen traffic at the property and revenues climb substantially ever since.

PA casino movers and shakers:

Four of 12 PA casinos saw increases in total gaming revenue in May 2018, including:

Unfortunately, the other eight open and operating casinos in the state all saw revenue declines in May.

Mount Airy Casino Resort reported the biggest revenue drop. It saw revenues decline 9.62 percent from $17.2 million in May 2017 to $15.5 million last month.

Here’s a look at the eight PA casinos reporting revenue declines in May 2018:

Below is a pie chart examining May 2018 PA casino market share courtesy of

Additionally, here is a complete May 2018 PA casino revenue analysis also courtesy of