Pennsylvania iGaming Continues to Flourish In April

Pennsylvania iGaming Continues to Flourish In April
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With casinos closed and national sports just beginning to return, Pennsylvania raked in record iGaming numbers in April.

Online casino gaming revenue, including slot machines, table games and poker increased 73.2% in April ($43,067,881) from March ($24,864,830). The biggest jump came from online slot machines, with revenue more than doubling from $12,969,655 in March to $27,324,955 in April.

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Total handle from interactive slots and tables was $1,389,973,177 in April and $871,562,983 in March, according to figures released by the state.

Overall gaming revenue was down 84% in April ($46,118,605) compared to April 2019 ($283,881,862).

Pennsylvania Sports Betting, April vs. March

April MarchChange
Gross Revenue$2.883M$6.889M-58.1%
Total Handle$46.016M$131.330M -65%
Online Handle$46.016M$118.333M -61.1%

With few sports to bet on in April, total handle for sports betting was $46,015,988, down 65% from March ($131,330,059). April’s gross sports betting revenue was $2,883,471, a decline of 58.1% from March ($6,889,255).

Pennsylvania mobile sports betting was the entire market since casinos were closed March 17 by order of the state Gaming Control Board. It was 90.1% of the total sports handle for March.

But sports are slowly starting to come back, with UFC and NASCAR holding events over the past week, Germany’s top soccer league returning over the weekend and the PGA looking to begin a full schedule June 11.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced last week that some counties in the state can begin easing coronavirus restrictions, but he has not said when casinos can reopen.

States With IGaming Flourish

Pennsylvania wasn’t the only state to see record iGaming numbers in April. Last week, New Jersey and Delaware also announced huge iGaming increases:

  • New Jersey had almost $80 million in online casino ($74.8 million) and poker revenue ($5.15 million) in April, according to figures released May 12 by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. That is up 23.4% from $64.8 million in March and more than double the $36.6 million the state had last year in April.
  • Delaware's April iGaming report showed that revenue was $856,182, a 66% increase from March ($514,959) and more than triple the amount from April 2019 ($263,183), according to the Delaware Lottery, which oversees gaming in the state. Total iGaming handle in April was $28,496,616 — by far the state’s biggest month — with players winning $27,724,468, according to the Delaware Lottery figures.

Pennsylvania's iGaming numbers should be even higher in May because DraftKings launched an online casino on May 1 through Penn National’s Hollywood Casino. It is the ninth online casino in the state, according to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Pennsylvania is one of four states — New Jersey, Delaware 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. April saw Mount Airy reach $5,253,304 in online poker revenue, a new record. The record was set last month at $3,133,019 in revenue, according to figures from the gaming control board.

Pennsylvania Mobile Vs. Retail Sports Betting Handle

MobileRetail% Mobile
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 Leads Way In iGaming

The Rivers Casino in Philadelphia saw $14,706,460 in revenue from iGaming in April. It had by far the highest online slots revenue at $11,019,767. It also had $308,307 in sports betting revenue.

Mount Airy was next, thanks to the online poker figures. It had $10,448,579 in iGaming revenue in April, with slightly more than half from poker.

Valley Forge Casino, which partners with FanDuel, led the state’s mobile sports betting operators in April with $1,267,363 in sports betting revenue. It also saw nearly $8 million ($7,935,915) in online casino revenue.

The next closest sportsbook was the Meadows, just outside of Pittsburgh, at $706,589 in April revenue.