Strong August Table Game Revenue Gives PA Casinos a Year-Over-Year Bump


Gambling revenue at Pennsylvania casinos totaled $267,460,291 in August, a 6.8% drop compared to the previous month, according to statistics posted by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).

The state’s 12 casinos took in a total of $193,190,477 in slots revenue for the month, with no operator beating its July numbers. Parx Casino came out the big winner at the machines, banking roughly $32 million. That figure is $2 million less than what it earned the previous month, however. Sands Bethlehem came in at a distant second with $25.1 million, a more than $1 million month over month drop. Nemacolin sat at the low end of the spectrum, posting just $2.5 million in slots winnings.

Total table game revenue amounted to $74,269,814, 4.6% less than its July numbers. All but two casinos, Parx and Valley Forge, experienced month over month declines. Sands topped the earnings list, bringing in nearly $20 million in table game revenue, with Parx on its heels with $16 million. Harrah’s Philadelphia dropped the farthest compared with its July figures in terms of table games, booking $1.1 million less.

Table games hit record highs in March and April of this year, with revenues of nearly $80 million each, after hitting a low point in February at $66 million.

Compared with the same period in 2016, slot revenues were virtually even while table game profits rose by nearly 11%. Total August gaming revenue was up by 2.5%, year-over-year.

Commonwealth gambling regulators collected over $107 million in taxes in August, with $95 million coming from slots and roughly $12 million from the 1,258 table games operating statewide.

Parx leads the pack in yearly gaming revenue, boasting $381 million, with Sands not far behind at $364 million. All told, PA casinos have grossed $2.17 billion in 2017.

Slots earnings depress growth

In July, casino revenue shot up by nearly 11% compared with the previous month, giving PA gambling operators a bright start to the 2017 fiscal year. August’s 7.62% downward trend is a disappointment, however, mostly due to a $16 million reduction in slots earnings.

August marks the eleventh month in a row that slot revenue has fallen short of its year-over-year markers. Slot operators experienced their best month this year in March, when they took in $210 million and their worst January, with $180 million.

CasinoSlotsTable GamesTotal
Mohegan Sun$17,007,165$3,680,031$20,687,196
Presque Isle$10,225,570$1,313,075$11,538,645
Mount Airy$13,203,638$4,134,837$17,338,475
Penn National$16,349,110$2,510,165$18,859,275
Sands Bethlehem$25,129,760$19,951,914$45,081,674
The Rivers$22,182,805$5,531,455$27,714,260
Valley Forge$6,692,023$3,299,329$9,991,352
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Bill Grinstead

Bill has over a decade of experience working in diverse aspects of the online gambling space. He is currently focused on legal, US online gaming, which he has reported on since the industry first became regulated in the country.

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