PA Sees Record Sports Betting, iGaming Numbers in December

PA Sees Record Sports Betting, iGaming Numbers in December
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After seeing a decline in total sports betting handle in November, Pennsylvania saw a huge increase in December. And its iGaming numbers easily set a monthly record.

The state reported a total handle Tuesday of $548.6 million, an increase of 11.5% over November’s $491.9 million. The December 2020 handle was up 60.1% from December 2019’s $342.6 million.

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Although it was a sports betting handle record for Pennsylvania (it had previously been $525.8 million set in October), it still pales in comparison to the gaudy numbers that New Jersey put up for December. New Jersey finished just shy of $1 billion in handle with another U.S. record of $996.3 million, according to the N.J. state report released on Jan. 13. But the two states still combined for more than $1.5 billion in handle.

Online casino gaming in Pennsylvania reached record gross revenue of $71.6 million during December, easily topping the previous high revenue month for iGaming in October 2020 of $59.8 million. The December 2020 figure was a huge increase over December 2019’s $10.6 million.

Mobile wagering on online Pennsylvania sportsbooks accounted for 97.6% of the market, according to the figures released Tuesday. December’s online sports betting handle of $535.2 million was up 19.6% from November’s $447.4 million. It was up 79.9% over December 2019’s $297.4 million.

The state saw a, 8.8% decline in taxable gross sports betting revenue ($34.1 million) from December’s $37.4 million, but it was up 199.4% from December 2019’s $11.4 million.

Pennsylvania Sports Betting, December vs November

Total HandleMobile Handle Gross Revenue
November$491.911M $447.418M $37.350M
ChangeUp 11.5% Up 19.6% Down 8.8%

Other PA Gaming Numbers

Other key numbers in December from the PGCB report:

The gross revenue from table games was $17.1 million down 67.4% from November’s $52.3 million.

Interactive slots handle was $1.311 billion, up 21.9% from November’s $1.075 billion.

The gross revenue from interactive slots was $46.2 million, up 17.4% from November’s $39.4 million.

The interactive banking tables handle was $1.605 billion, up 36% from November’s $1.180 billion.

Interactive banking tables gross revenue was $22.6 million, up 25.9% from November’s $18 million.

Pennsylvania Mobile Vs. Retail Sports Betting Handle

MobileRetail% Mobile
December 2020$535.210M$13.380M97.6%
November 2020$447.418M$44.492M91.0%
October 2020$472.276M$53.527M89.8%
September 2020$414.100M$48.687M89.5%
August 2020$321.554M$43.431M88.1%
July 2020$155.355M$9.428M94.2%
June 2020$88.313M$690K99.2%
May 2020$77.510M$0100%
April 2020$46.016M$0100%
March 2020$118.333M$12.997M90.1%
February 2020$294.127M$35.638M89.2%
January 2020$308.606M$39.776M88.6%

FanDuel Topped $200 million in Handle

The runaway leader among individual sportsbooks was Valley Forge Casino in Montgomery County, just north of Philadelphia, which along with online partner FanDuel posted $209.2 million in handle, up $29 million from last month’s $180 million.

The Meadows casino in western Pennsylvania with partner DraftKings again was second with $131.5 million, up from November’s $112.5 million.

The combined BetRivers entries, Rivers Pittsburgh ($28.8 million) and Rivers Philadelphia ($21.8 million) totaled $50.6 million, down from $62.3 million in November.

Penn National’s Hollywood Casino near Harrisburg and partner Barstool Sports showed a 25.6% increase from $57.8 million in November to $72.6 million in December. Barstool launched on Sept. 18 in the state.

BetMGM Live in PA

The BetMGM sports betting app went live in Pennsylvania on Dec. 18, giving the state its 11th online sportsbook. Its online casino offering launched in the state on Dec. 4 in partnership with Hollywood Casino Morgantown in Caernavron Township, a “mini-casino” currently under construction by Penn National Gaming.

“The response to BetMGM Casino in Pennsylvania has been incredible and we’re thrilled to bring our best-in-class sports betting offering to the Keystone State,” Adam Greenblatt, BetMGM chief executive officer, said in a news release announcing the sports betting launch date.

BetMGM became an official sports betting operator of one of the state’s most-popular professional teams — the Pittsburgh Steelers — in November.

Responsible Gaming Effort

The state gaming board announced in late December that it would be partnering with Conscious Gaming to bring "PlayPause," a self-exclusion tool for Internet-based gambling, to Pennsylvania players. The service launched on Dec. 23 with a goal of heling “modernize and strengthen the effectiveness” of the U.S. gaming industry’s responsible gaming programs, according to a news release.

Pennsylvania was the first state to implement PlayPause, which will be made available at no cost to operators and regulators through Conscious Gaming, a new non-profit organization established by GeoComply, the release said.

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