PA Sportsbooks Top $393 Million In August Bets Ahead Of NFL Return

Written By Corey Sharp on September 20, 2023
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Sports betting is ready to explode in Pennsylvania, but it had one more summer month to deal with. The NFL preseason brought some slight excitement, as Pennsylvania online sportsbooks had their best showing over the course of the summer in August.

Online sportsbook operators recorded $393 million in total bets last month and $30.6 million in revenue.

PlayPennsylvania Managing Editor, Chris Imperiale, said:

“Pennsylvania sports betting saw a slight boost in action this August, generating just over $393 million in total bets for the month. This was more than a 16% increase from the previous month, and about an 8.3% jump up from a year ago in August 2022. This is a sign of things to come, as the return of football betting should rejuvenate the Keystone State going forward. College football’s one August weekend provided some help, but NFL wagering in September will bring the market back out of the summer lull.”

August 2023 numbers for Pennsylvania sports betting

Figures from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

  • Handle: $393 million (16% MoM increase; 8.3% YoY increase)
  • Revenue: $30.6 million (22.3% MoM decrease; 27.3% YoY decrease) / Adjusted Gross Revenue (taxable): $22 million
  • Hold: 7.8% (down from 11.6% last month)
  • Percent of bets placed online: 93.4%
  • Promotional credits: $8.6 million
  • August sports betting taxes: $7.9 million
  • State and local entities: $440,526.14
  • Top sports betting app by handle: FanDuel Sportsbook PA with $134.7 million
  • Top sports betting app by revenue: DraftKings Sportsbook PA with $9.5 million

Quick analysis from August PA sports betting figures

  • DraftKings put up impressive figures in August, and produced its best handle percentage since September 2022. While FanDuel Sportsbook once again led handle percentage at 34.4%, DraftKings posted a 28.9% mark. DraftKings has boasted about its product in recent earnings calls, and is perhaps closing in on the market leader. September’s revenue report will paint a clearer picture of where DraftKings stands.
  • Not only did DraftKings challenge FanDuel in handle, it actually passed the operator for the first time in revenue for a single month. DraftKings recorded a hold percentage of 8.4% compared to FanDuel’s 7.0%, which resulted in $9.5 million in revenue for DraftKings and $9.4 million for FanDuel.
  • The public clearly won in August with Pennsylvania sportsbooks reporting a hold percentage of 7.8%, down from 11.6% in July. Though sportsbooks took in more bets in August, revenue fell from the previous month. That could be a result of PA sportsbook promos related to the start of college football and NFL preseason games.

PA sports betting handle & revenue by operator August 2023

LicenseeOnline BrandHandleRevenueHoldTaxes
Valley ForgeFanDuel$134,663,277$9,373,8167.0%$1,989,054
Hollywood MeadowsDraftKings$113,569,949$9,513,0488.4%$2,654,856
Hollywood MorgantownBetMGM$29,618,413$2,826,5129.5%$631,611
Hollywood Penn NationalBarstool$29,236,566$1,284,3174.4%$462,227
Rivers PittsburghBetRivers$19,599,054$1,735,4628.9%$362,567
Harrah's PhiladelphiaCaesars$18,868,921$1,924,09510.2%$598,030
Rivers PhiladelphiaPlaySugarHouse$12,742,383$831,0346.5%$269,416
Hollywood YorkPointsBet$6,449,757$474,7697.4%$92,707
Live PhiladelphiaBetway$4,328,485$352,0648.1%$126,743
Mohegan PennsylvaniaUnibet$4,050,626$297,0847.3%$72,383
Wind CreekWind Creek$1,246,005$18,3761.5%$6,283
South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook$1,030,028$131,96712.8%$47,508
Live Pittsburgh$852,031$184,01821.6%$66,247
Mohegan Lehigh Valley$825,436$75,5989.2%$27,215
Presque Isle Downs$550,944$49,6929.0%$17,889
Mount AiryFox Bet$426,938$40,4839.5%$14,606
Parx Malvern$305,727$57,37218.8%$20,654
Parx Shippensburg$20,401$8,51341.7%$3,065

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Corey Sharp is the Lead Writer at PlayPennsylvania bringing you comprehensive coverage of sports betting and gambling in Pennsylvania. Corey is a 4-for-4 Philly sports fan and previously worked as a writer and editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer and NBC Sports Philadelphia.

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