This Week in PA Gambling is a round-up of some of the top stories in Pennsylvania’s gambling industry, online and off.
This week we take a look at the state’s gaming revenues, how the Sands Bethlehem casino is outpacing even Las Vegas casinos, a new timeline for Pennsylvania gaming expansion legislation, and more.
PA Gaming Revenues On The Rise
According to figures released by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, April 2017 table games revenue were up 10.2% over April of last year.
This led to a 1.44 percent jump in total gaming revenue over April 2016.
More on all the gambling revenue numbers can be found in this Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board press release.
New PA Timeline For Online Gambling Legislation
Republican state Sen. Mario Scavello told Erie Times-News political reporter Nico Salvatori he expects a comprehensive gambling expansion bill to be voted out of committee when legislators return from a recess on May 22.
More on what that means for online gambling and gambling expansion across the state in this PA Online Gambling article.
PA Casinos Revenues Explained
With lawmakers debating gambling expansion and the possibility of bringing online casino gaming to Pennsylvania many residents have a lot of questions.
A local ABC News affiliate spoke to the the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board this week to try to answer some of them, including what casino revenues really are.
Bethlehem Better Than Vegas?
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem has set records for table game revenues for two months in a row.
CEO Sheldon Adelson says there aren’t too many regional casinos making as much money as this one. In fact, he figures Sands Bethlehem makes more money than some of the hotels in Las Vegas.
More from Adelson and all the recent success at Sands Bethlehem can be found in the Allentown Morning Call newspaper.
Mount Airy Slots Soar
Mount Airy led all but one Pennsylvania casino in slots growth last month.
Revenues actually jumped 41 percent as the relatively small casino brought in $4.9 million.
The local Pocono Record newspaper says Mount Airy slots are soaring.