Pennsylvania August Sports Betting Hits State Record $365M

Pennsylvania August Sports Betting Hits State Record $365M
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Just days after New Jersey set a U.S. record for total sports handle in a month at $668 million, Pennsylvania posted a total handle of $365 million in August, a new record for the Keystone State.

The two neighboring states, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, combined for more than $1 billion in total sports handle in August.

Pennsylvania's total was a 121.5% increase in handle month over month compared to July’s $164.8 million. The previous high for Pennsylvania sports betting had been $348.4 million in January 2020.

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The September total should be even higher with the NFL underway and the Barstool Sportsbook app launching in the state in partnership with Penn National Gaming.

New Jersey on Monday announced its record August total, which easily eclipsed the record month for a state. It had been Nevada’s $614.1 million in November 2019.

Thanks to online Pennsylvania sportsbooks mobile sports wagering in August was $321,554,131 — 88.1% of the market. It was 94.2% of the total market in July.

Pennsylvania’s increase in total sports handle mirrored the percentages that other states — in addition to New Jersey’s 112% increase — have seen in August sports betting handle:

  • West Virginia: The total sports handle was up 155% in August with $40.4 million wagered, according to a report released Sept. 8. It had a handle of $15.9 million in July.
  • Iowa: Had a 120.1% increase in August. The total sports handle was $50.3 million in August, up from $22.9 million in July.
  • Indiana: A 138% increase month over month. Indiana sportsbooks had $169 million in total sports handle in August compared to $70.9 million in July.

Pennsylvania Sports Betting, August vs. July

Gross Revenue Total HandleMobile Handle
July $8.147M$164.782M $155.355M
Change Up 124.3%Up 121.5% Up 107%

Gaming Numbers Strong

Other key numbers from the August report:

The gross sports betting revenue was $18,274,075, an increase of 124.3% over July’s $8,147,480.

The online handle of $321,554,141 in August was up 107% from July’s $155,354,508.

Table games revenue was $65,119,689, a 24% increase over $52,512,448 in July.

The interactive slots handle in August was $1,060,557,374, down 4.1% from July’s $1,105,688,035.

The interactive banking tables handle was $812,483,414 in August, up 12.8% from July’s $719,995,963.

Pennsylvania Mobile Vs. Retail Sports Betting Handle

MobileRetail% Mobile
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%

Top Sportsbooks by Handle

Casinos and their sportsbooks began reopening in June and are limited to 50% capacity because of social distancing and health guidelines.

Valley Forge Casino Resort in Upper Merion Township had the highest sports wagering handle by far with $149,187,263 bet in August. That was a 114% increase over July’s $69,719,809. It’s not entirely surprising given that it’s not far from Philadelphia and it almost had $1 billion in total sports handle in fiscal year 2019-20.

Other sports wagering handle numbers for Pennsylvania casinos: Meadows, $88,248,545 in August, up 123% over July’s $39,595,988; Rivers Philadelphia, $32,066,001, up 124%; Parx Casino, $28,779,869, an increase of 155.6%; Rivers Pittsburgh, $25,344,591, up 111%; and Mount Airy, $22,717,893, an 88.2% increase.

The South Philadelphia Race and Sportsbook, which was closed April through July, reopened in August and did $370,615 in total handle.

Pennsylvania’s online poker sites saw Mount Airy post revenue of $2,729,199 in August, down slightly from July’s $2,986,498.