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

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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.

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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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Brian Pempus

Brian served as a senior reporter and online content manager for Card Player Magazine for nearly a decade before joining USBets in October 2018. He is currently focused on legal and regulated sports betting and online gaming. He's an avid jiu-jitsu practitioner in his free time.

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