Pennsylvania Sports Betting, iGaming Numbers Rebound In May

Pennsylvania Sports Betting, iGaming Numbers Rebound In May
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While Pennsylvania continued to see growth in iGaming revenue in May, it also saw sports betting revenue increase as the sports world began to emerge.

Online casino gaming revenue in Pennsylvania -- including slot machines, table games and poker -- was $55,838,788 in May, an increase of 30% over April’s $43,067,881. Online slot machines rose to $38,822,857, about $10,000,000 more than March.


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For an idea of how the iGaming revenue figure for May has grown, it was more than double the revenue generated from those games in March, when it was at $24,884,830.

Total handle from interactive slots and tables was $1,843,197,100, a 33% increase over April’s $1,389,973,177, according to figures released by the state.

The total handle for sports betting was $77,510,033, up 68.4% over April’s $46,015, 988. May’s gross sports betting revenue was $4,828,989, up 67.5% over April’s $2,883,471.

Pennsylvania Sports Betting, May vs. April

May AprilChange
Gross Revenue$4.829M$2.883M+67.5%
Total Handle$77.510M$46.016M +68.4%
Online Handle $77.510M$46.016M +68.4%

Sports & Casinos Beginning to Return

All casinos in Pennsylvania were shut down in mid-March by the state. But three of the state’s 12 casinos have re-opened with three more scheduled for re-opening in the next week. Re-opening dates for the other six casinos will be established based on the phased reopenings in the rest of the state.


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Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course has announced it will reopen on June 19. Mohegan Sun Pocono will reopen on June 22. Mount Airy Casino is also allowed to reopen June 19, but has not announced when it will reopen.

Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh and the Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington (about 30 miles outside of Pittsburgh) reopened June 9. The Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin in Farmington reopened June 12.

In addition, sports like UFC, NASCAR and the PGA are now having regular events, giving bettors options. The NBA and NHL are also looking to resume their seasons in the next few months.

States With iGaming See Revenue Boost

New Jersey and Delaware also announced huge iGaming increases within the last week.

New Jersey reported its gaming figures June 12 and saw its May iGaming revenue continuing to grow. The state had more than $85 million combined in online casino ($81,423,413) and online poker revenue ($4,516,529) in May. May’s iGaming was up 7.5% from April’s $79,959,826.

For the first time, Delaware iGaming revenue topped $1 million for a month. The May figure of $1,134,900 was a 33% increase over April’s $856,182, the previous high for the state. It also was a 262% increase year over year from last May’s $313,648.

Pennsylvania is one of four states — the two above and Nevada are the others — that has other online gaming options. Online casino gaming is legal in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware and online poker sites are legal in those three states and Nevada.

The Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono, which partnered with PokerStars in November, is the only outlet for legal online poker in Pennsylvania. May saw Mount Airy reach $4,596,418 in online poker revenue, which was down slightly from April when there were several big tournaments going on.

Pennsylvania Mobile Vs. Retail Sports Betting Handle

MobileRetail% Mobile
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%
December 2019$297.445M$45.115M86.8%
November 2019$266.741M$49.727M84.3%
October 2019$198.688M$42.498M82.4%

Rivers Casino Shows iGaming Strength

The Rivers Casino in Philadelphia registered $17,584,381 in revenue from iGaming in May, led by online slots revenue at $15,096,662.

Mount Airy had the next highest iGaming numbers, thanks to the online poker figures. It had $10,889,048 in iGaming revenue in April, with just under half from poker.

Valley Forge Casino, which partners with FanDuel, led the state’s mobile sports betting operators in May with $2,507,284 in sports betting revenue. It also saw more than $8 million in online casino revenue.

The next closest sportsbook was the Meadows, just outside of Pittsburgh, which saw $908,635 in May revenue.

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