Pennsylvania June Sports Betting Handle Takes Slight Dip

Pennsylvania June Sports Betting Handle Takes Slight Dip
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Sports betting in Pennsylvania saw a drop for a second consecutive month in online and total handle, while online table and slot gaming saw mixed numbers as well, according to official June figures released Monday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).

PA sports betting registered a total handle of $420.19 million in June, down 6.1% from May’s $447.46 million, but up 372.1% from June 2020 ($89 million) because of the coronavirus pandemic. To further show the recent decline, Pennsylvania had $615.3 million in total sports betting handle in January, the record for the state.

So far for fiscal year 2020-21, the Keystone State’s total sports betting handle is just shy of $6 billion at $5.591 billion.

June mobile sports betting numbers saw a decrease, posting $379.26 million, down 6.9% from May’s $407.39 million, but up 329.5% from a year ago ($88.3 million). In June, online sports betting was 90.3% of the market. For the fiscal year it was 91.9% of the market.

For the second consecutive month, gross sports wagering revenue was a bright spot for the state, the state report showed. In June, $34.2 million was posted (taxable), up a solid 23.4% from May’s $27.74 million and up 413.6% from June 2020 ($6.66 million).

For the fiscal year, the total is $308.8 million.

Pennsylvania Sports Betting, June vs. May

Total HandleMobile Handle Gross Revenue
May$447.465M $407.399M $27.746M
Change Down 6.1% Down 6.9% Up 23.4%

Online Gaming a Mixed Bag

On the PA online casino front, numbers were mixed in June.

For online casino gaming, interactive slots revenue saw a significant 10.1% decline in June, posting $60.45 million, down from a state record of $67.2 million in May. The fiscal year total stands at $603.3 million.

PA interactive slots handle was also down to $1.654 billion, a decrease of 6.4% from May’s $1.767 billion. For fiscal year, the number stands at $16.387 billion.

Interactive banked table games saw a sharp decline in June, coming off a state record in May. Revenue came in at $26 million, down 17% from May’s record of $31.4 million. Fiscal year total stands at $263.1 million.

Table games gross revenue for June came in at $77.58 million, up slightly from $77.2 million in May. Fiscal year total stands at $721.76 million.

Interactive banking tables handle decreased to $1.451 billion, down 5.7% from May’s $1.542 billion. Fiscal year total stands at 15.486 billion.

Retail slots handle also fell to $2.330 billion in June, down 6.9% from May’s $2.504 billion. Fiscal year total stands at $20.9 billion. Retail slots gross terminal revenue saw close to a double-digit decrease, down 9.1% at $182.97 million. May came in at $201.39 million. Fiscal year total stands at $1.704 billion.

PA online poker sites were led by Mount Airy/PokerStars, which collected $2 million in rake and tournament fees in June, down from May’s $2.3 million.

Two more online poker options in Pennsylvania went live in late April as BetMGM launched BetMGM Poker and Borgata Poker. They accounted for about $400,000 in June rake.

FanDuel Handle Up in June

Valley Forge Casino in King of Prussia, just outside of Philadelphia, with a FanDuel Sportsbook, had $164.8 million in June total handle, up slightly from May’s $163.5 million.

The Meadows near Pittsburgh, partnered with DraftKings Sportsbook, saw a big drop in June with $87.5 million in total handle. It was $101.4 million in May.

The Rivers casinos in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, with BetRivers Sportsbooks, saw a combined $42.5 million in June handle, just a slight dip from the $43.4 million in June.

Penn National’s Hollywood Casino Morgantown was up about $5 million in June to $37.4 million, a nice rebound from May.

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