Chris Imperiale is the Managing Editor of PlayPennsylvania and covers legal Pennsylvania sports betting, online casinos in Pennsylvania, as well as the PA online poker industry. He has a journalism degree from Rutgers University and was formerly on staff at Bleacher Report. Chris has been working in this field since 2018, when he first started reporting on the New Jersey market, his home state.
He is an avid sports fan and bettor, who enjoys a night out in Atlantic City, or at one of the PA casinos in the Philadelphia region.
Along with a great team of journalists, Chris helps produce consistent gaming content covering the entire Keystone State, keeping bettors up to date with all of the important news around the area.
This ranges from announcements of new launches for Pennsylvania online casinos within the state, to new game and promo arrivals from all the top brands like BetMGM, Bally’s, Caesars and DraftKings.
PlayPennsylvania strives to deliver reliable news and information to assist local gamblers of all backgrounds.
Must Read Pennsylvania Gambling Articles by Chris Imperiale
On PA casino revenue breaking records in March 2022:
“Most of the reasoning for this we say is the slowing down of sports betting at this time, with the lack of football and college football, with no NFL, more people are turning to online casino betting and it’s clearly continuing to sky rocket here.”
“In addition to retail sportsbooks, a number of the new bars, restaurants and concert venues that casinos have invested in lately are also clearly geared toward bringing in a new, younger clientele. When you hear about new bars with lawn games, fire pits and a Topgolf Swing Suites (Mohegan PA), you can bet they’re trying to reach a younger audience.”
“Pennsylvania online casinos bounced back in a huge way this August, producing their second-largest monthly total to date. For the month, PA casino apps totaled nearly $172 million in gross revenue. This performance marked a 9.5% boost from the month prior, and a 30.6% year-over-year increase. PA online casinos have now hit at least $160 million in earnings in eight of the last nine months, with August propelling the state beyond $1 billion in online slot revenue for the year. The state’s momentum shouldn’t slow down entering September, as lots of operators provide crossover promos involving the NFL.”
On Pennsylvania sports betting revenue in August 2023:
“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.”