As Pennsylvania gears up for online gambling and sports betting — thanks to a recent Supreme Court decision — industry observers are left to think about which Pennsylvania casinos could jump ahead of the pack when games are launched.
Each of Pennsylvania’s twelve casinos are eligible to participate in online gambling and sports betting, while license petitions are currently being accepted for both. Who is likely to make waves when online games and sports betting is allowed in Pennsylvania.
Every month, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board releases figures for gaming revenue. Last week, the PGCB released the latest numbers for slot machine revenue, a indicator of the casinos that have the best name recognition as well the ones that are performing the best in the state.
Pennsylvania May Slot Machine Revenue
For the month of May, as a whole slot machine revenue was up 0.4% on the month compared to the same time last year. This number represents a total of $203,993,259 generated during May 2018 alone.
Below is a look at the top performers were on the month. Perennial names like Parx Casino, Sands Casino Bethlehem and Rivers Casino continue to be the state’s three top casinos, each generating over $20 million on the month. Meanwhile, some of the smaller casinos including The Meadows Casino and Lady Lucky Casino Nemocolin saw decreases of over 9% from the same time last year.
|Largest Pennsylvania Casinos By Slot Machine Revenue (May 2018)|
|Rank||Casino||May 2018 Revenue||% Change|
|2||Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem||$27,009,310.35||1.90%|
|4||Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course||$18,103,917.80||-1.48%|
|5||Mohegan Sun Pocono||$17,436,510.90||-1.90%|
|6||The Meadows Casino||$17,359,254.44||-9.40%|
|7||Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack||$17,242,944.85||0.33%|
|9||Mount Airy Casino Resort||$12,609,468.23||-2.82%|
|10||Presque Isle Downs and Casino||$9,940,269.55||2.49%|
|11||Valley Forge Casino Resort||$7,947,054.14||11.60%|
|12||Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin||$2,411,604.59||10.57%|
The PCGB began accepting online gambling operator licenses in early June. It is widely believed that online gambling will live sometime during 2018.
Sports betting was part of the Pennsylvania gambling expansion bill but required some help federally to progress. Because of the Supreme Court’s May decision allowing states to regulate sports betting, Pennsylvania is far ahead of most states. On May 31st, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced that they had begin accepting petitions from PA casinos. Comments about sports betting can be submitted to the PGCB before June 15th.