Pennsylvania sportsbooks started heating up again in June. But unlike temperatures in the Commonwealth, they are more lukewarm than blazing.
Coronavirus scorched the mainstream sports calendar leaving operators parched for options to offer.
According to figures released from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, sport betting handle for June was $89 million, up from $77.5 million last month. Revenue also increased to $7.9 million from $4.8 million in May.
Casinos in the state started reopening in early June. Nearly all of June’s wagers were placed online.
FanDuel sportsbook topped all operators for handle ($32.8 million) and revenue ($2.8 million).
Glass half full
June 2020 represents another lost chapter for PA sportsbooks. What should have been a month of NBA playoffs, NHL playoffs and MLB action was replaced with UFC, PGA and the Premier League.
Taking a glass half-full perspective – which is imperative to make it through these times – last year, PA’s online sports betting market was still in its infancy. In July 2019, four operators combined for a handle of $38.9 million and $665,798 in revenue.
The fiscal year (July 1-June 30) for 2019/2020 brought in revenue of $113.7 million. That was a 423% increase over the $21.7 million that sports wagering (without online betting) yielded the previous year 2018/2019.
New Jersey’s sports betting market started cooking again recently. Handle reached $165 million in June, up 40% from May. It tripled April’s awful $54.6 million. Handle dropped 39.6% from last June, but operators had a better month in 2020 for revenue with $12.6 million (up 30.3%).
PA sports betting handle, revenue by operator in June 2020
|Casino or Off-Track Betting Facility||Total Handle||Total Revenue||Online Handle||Online Revenue||Retail Handle||Retail Revenue|
|FanDuel/Valley Forge Casino||$32.9 million||$2.8 million||$32.9 million||$2.9 million||$26,000||($26,000)|
|DraftKings/The Meadows||$25.1 million||$1.3 million||$25.0 million||$1.4 million||$75,000||($20,000)|
|Rivers Philadelphia (Formerly SugarHouse)||$9.4 million||$594,000||$9.4 million||$594,000||0||($600)|
|FOX Bet/Mount Airy||$8.4 million||$680,000||$8.4 million||$683,000||$8,000||($3,000)|
|Rivers Pittsburgh||$6.3 million||$509,000||$5.9 million||$520,000||$346,000||($11,000)|
|Parx||$5.3 million||$671,000||$5.2 million||$693,000||$56,000||($22,000)|
|Presque Isle Downs||$262,000||$9,000||$230,000||$17,000||$32,000||($7,000)|
|Unibet/Mohegan Sun Pocono||$1.1 million||$14,000||$1.1 million||$14,000||$37,000||($300)|
|South Philadelphia Race and Sportsbook||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course||$65,000||($10,000)||0||0||$65,000||($10,000)|
|Oaks Race and Sportsbook||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Mohegan (The Downs at Lehigh Valley)||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Statewide Total||$89.0 million||$6.7 million||$88.3 million||$6.8 million||$690,000||($99,000)|
FanDuel and DraftKings take big slices
FanDuel took 37% of all online sports wagers in PA in June. The DFS-turned-sports betting behemoth claimed the top spot when it arrived in late July 2019. It has yet to cede its lead.
DraftKings (The Meadows) holds a firm grip on second place, accounting for 28% of all wagers with a handle of $24.9 million and $1.36 million in revenue (both month-over-month increases).
Other PA online sportsbooks in June:
- Rivers Casino Philadelphia: $9.4 million in handle (up from $8.5 million), $594,862 revenue
- Fox Bet (Mount Airy): $8,4 million in handle (up from $7.7 million), $683,217 revenue
- Rivers Casino Pittsburgh: $5,9 million in handle (up from $4.8 million), $519,774 revenue
- Parx online sportsbook:$5.2 million in handle (up from $3.8 million), $692,649 revenue
- Unibet (Mohegan Sun Pocono): $1 million in handle (up from $714,400), $14,490 revenue
- Bet America (Presque Isle Downs): $229,711 in handle (down from $265,938), $16,519 revenue
- Caesars sportsbook (Harrah’s): $132,659 in handle (down from $143,991 in handle), negative $25 (down from $1,545 revenue)
2020 PA sports betting handle, revenue and taxes
Here’s a look at top-line numbers for PA sports betting since the start of 2020.
|January 2020||February 2020||March 2020||April 2020||May 2020||June 2020|
Major sports return in late July
Bettors’ pent-up demand for major sports will have to wait until the end of month. So, the July report will only show a few days worth of wagers.
MLB: Sixty game season starts July 23.
NHL: Restarts with exhibition games, including one between the Flyers and Penguins, July 28 and qualifying series Aug. 1.
NBA: Resumes with seeding games on July 30.
Of course, it all depends on the coronavirus and if a major outbreak stops the seasons from resuming or reaching its planned end.
Fantasy gets a small nudge
Fantasy contests started to awake from a nightmarish April and May when it hit all-time lows.
June 2020 revenue for fantasy contests in PA was $647,246 – a jump from May’s $318,840 but a far cry from June 2019’s $1,592,313.
DraftKings ruled fantasy games ($517,902) followed by FanDuel ($126,863).Of PA’s eight fantasy operators, the pair of DFS giants continue to combine to take 99% of the market.