Online Grabs 41 Percent Of PA Sports Betting Handle In First Full Month

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released sports betting figures for June, the first full month of online wagering.

Results of the first full month that the state of Pennsylvania had online/mobile sports wagering are in.

According to figures from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the legal sportsbooks licensed by the state took $46,334,244 in wagers in June, recording $3,126,380 in revenue.

Retail books accounted for $27,008,024 of the handle (58.3%). They generated $1,687,686 in gross taxable revenue. Online/mobile books, of which there are three, took $19,326,220 in bets (41.7%). Revenue from that trio was $1,438,694.

Since PA’s first retail book opened in November, the state has seen $244,665,436 in legal sports bets.

Look at the individual online books

Play SugarHouse, which launched on May 28, took the lion’s share of the handle with $18,170,689. The casino’s sister property, Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, took $848,520 in online bets last month. The Rivers online sportsbook went live on June 25, giving it only a handful of days’ worth of internet betting.

The Parx online sportsbook took $307,011 in wagers. It launched on June 24, so it only had about a week of online action during the month.

It appears that Rivers to some degree rode the coattails of its sister property, the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, while Parx had a tougher time without a sister casino launching online sports betting about a month prior to when it did. Play SugarHouse does appear to be enjoying a first-mover advantage.

Here’s a look at each book by average daily handle in June:

  • Play SugarHouse: $605k
  • Rivers: $141k
  • Parx: $44k

It’s worth noting that online books in PA are required to undergo an initial testing phase, which means limited hours during the first several days, before the platform/mobile site is able to be used by bettors 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Brick-and-mortar books

In addition to the three online/mobile sportsbooks, the state has eight brick-and-stick books. Here’s a look at how each fared last month in terms of handle:

  • Hollywood: $2,410,357
  • Rivers: $6,203,733
  • SugarHouse: $5,160,836
  • Parx: $5,175,829
  • South Philly Race and Sportsbook: $2,462,294
  • Harrah’s: $2,251,714
  • Valley Forge: $2,291,020
  • Oaks Race and Sportsbook: $1,052,241

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