Pennsylvania’s online sportsbook and online casino market is still in its infancy, but one casino is so far is stepping out from the rest — PlaySugarHouse.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has released its numbers for July and the online casino from SugarHouse currently has the lead in every category for both online sports betting and online casino games.
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Breaking down the numbers
During the month of July there were nine PA casinos with some retail sportsbook presence in the state while four casinos operated an online sportsbook at least part of the month. As a whole, online sports betting generated $665,798 in total revenue for the month. Of that figure, $540,766 came from SugarHouse, more than double that of both Parx and Valley Forge Casino. It should be noted that Valley Forge didn’t launch its online sportsbook in the last week of the month.
Sports betting handle, which is a measurement of the amount wagered at a sportsbook was led by the SugarHouse Casino with $26,450,976 via PlaySugarHouse. Sister site Rivers Casino came in second with $14,343,453 wagered during the month, although it’s -$250,941 generated through BetRivers put it in fourth place out of all online sportsbooks in terms of revenue.
|PA Online Casino Numbers (July)|
|PA Casino||Online Sportsbook Name||Sportsbetting Handle (total, including retail)||Online Sports betting revenue||Total Sports betting revenue|
|Parx Casino||Parx Online Sportsbook||$7,199,507||$242,244||$656,974|
|Valley Forge||FanDuel Online Sportsbook||$5,048,106||$133,730||$301,876|
|Rivers Casino Pittsburgh||BetRivers||$14,343,453||-$250,941||$133,634|
|Hollywood Casino at Penn National||N/A||$1,772,466||N/A||$196,188|
|South Philadelphia Race and Sportsbook (operated by Parx)||N/A||$1,864,245||N/A||$150,074|
|Oaks Race and Sportsbook (operated by Parx)||N/A||$789,502||N/A||$133,634|
|Presque Isle Downs Casino||N/A||$162,781||N/A||$45,469|
On the online casino front, there were three active online casinos during the month of July. Parx and the Hollywood Casino went live on July 15th while SugarHouse began offering games. Despite giving a brief head start to Parx and Hollywood, the PlaySugarHouse casino was the most popular PA online casino both in terms of slot revenue ($261,869) and table game revenue ($160,927).
Table games did fairly well in the state consideration most PA online casinos have so far not released many online table games.
|PA Online Casino Numbers (July)|
|PA Casino||Internet Casino Name||Online Slot Revenue||Online Table Game Revenue||Total Online Game Revenue|
|Parx Casino||Parx Online Casino||$139,903||$120,221||$260,124|
|Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course||Hollywood Casino||$115,940||$13,446||$129,386|
A look ahead to August
There have not yet been any new online sportsbook or online casino launches during August. So for activity during August, we will primarily be looking for a full month of numbers from existing operators.
August will also represent the first month of preseason NFL football betting for PA online sportsbooks. Although we don’t see near the numbers as during the regular NFL season, we could start to see some casinos start to gain more favor with sports bettors. In addition, it would be a surprise to see not see at least a couple new online sportsbooks go live with betting lines before the start of the season.
In looking at PA online casinos, there are still a relatively small number of games available as games are either slow to roll out or be approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Once online casinos go from dozens of games to hundreds of games, it will be interesting to see how players begin to shift to the new games.