NFL Fuels Pennsylvania Sportsbooks To $645 Million September As DraftKings Closes Gap With FanDuel

Written By Corey Sharp on October 18, 2022 - Last Updated on January 18, 2024
PA sportsbooks take $645.2 million in September bets thanks to NFL start

Figures released on Monday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board show the true power that NFL betting brings for the state’s gambling industry. Pennsylvania sportsbooks handled $645.2 million in the month of September, a $282 million increase from August and an 11.5% increase from last year. Revenue in September was $75.3 million, a 79% MoM increase from August.

PA online casinos (including poker) recorded the second largest month ever reaching $139.7 million in gross revenue. Pennsylvania online casinos set the record for gross revenue back in March with $147.7 million.

The state is expected to cross the $1 billion threshold for online casino tax revenue next month.

September 2022 numbers for Pennsylvania sports betting

Figures from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

  • Handle: $645.2 million (78% MoM increase; 12% YoY increase)
  • Revenue: $75.3 million (79% MoM increase; 57% YoY increase) / Adjusted Gross Revenue (taxable): $25.1 million
  • Hold: 11.7% (up 0.1% from last month)
  • Percent of bets placed online: 92.4%
  • Promotional credits: $25.1 million
  • September sports betting taxes: $17.1 million to the state and $1 million to local entities.
  • Top sports betting app by handle: FanDuel Sportsbook with $211 million (35% market share)
  • Top sports betting app by revenue: FanDuel Sportsbook ($32.9 million; 48% market share)

Full September revenue breakdown below.

September 2022 numbers for online casinos and poker in PA

  • Online slots revenue: $104.8 million
  • Online table games revenue: $32.2 million
  • Poker revenue: $2.7 million

Full September revenue breakdown by PA casino licensee below.

Quick analysis from August PA sports betting and casino figures

PA sports betting September takeaways

  • PA sportsbooks continue to see strong year-over-year growth (handle up 11.5% YoY) here in Year 4 of online NFL betting. The summer slide is over as sportsbooks generated the third-highest month in handle in 2022. Sportsbooks continue their impressive hold numbers, recording a second straight month above 10%. In June, Pennsylvania sportsbooks’ hold percentage was 5.8%.
  • FanDuel has consistently maintained market share of 38-42% for online bets placed in PA but had much stiffer competition in September. Last month, DraftKings Sportsbook trailed FanDuel by just $5 million in total handle, the closest in handle they’ve ever been since launching in November 2019. FanDuel still has the edge on hold with 15.7% compared to DraftKings’ 8.2%.
  • PA has settled into No. 5 nationally in terms of sports betting handle, behind NY, IL, NJ, NV.

PA casinos September takeaways

  • Online slots ($104,824,119) and online table games ($32,177,304) continue to show strong year-over-year growth, up 26.8% and 22.1% respectively. They are also helping to fuel overall PA gaming revenue growth, which was up 7.9% year over year to $448.5 million.
  • Online casinos had their second-best month ever in September posting $139.7 million in revenue. Pennsylvania has 18 online casinos and still plenty of room to grow with more casinos on the way.
  • PA online casinos have brought in $993 million in lifetime tax revenue for PA and local entities in just over 3 years. They will soon surpass $1 billion lifetime.

PA sports betting handle & revenue by operator September 2022

LicenseeOnline BrandHandleRevenueHoldTaxes
Valley ForgeFanDuel$212,950,457$33,454,58315.7%$8,188,312
Hollywood MeadowsDraftKings$207,520,797$17,030,5768.2%$4,061,606
Hollywood MorgantownBetMGM$51,509,764$6,268,61412.2%$721,193
Hollywood Penn NationalBarstool$41,095,005$4,125,98510.0%$1,127,155
Rivers PittsburghBetRivers$30,445,183$3,035,84010.0%$876,462
Harrah's PhiladelphiaCaesars$20,058,059$2,297,53911.5%$391,006
Rivers PhiladelphiaPlaySugarHouse$18,467,816$1,482,4378.0%$501,784
Hollywood YorkPointsBet$12,002,721$1,288,30010.7%$144,420
Mount AiryFox Bet$9,296,514$927,21510.0%$309,221
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet$7,363,494$583,5847.9%$135,367
Live PhiladelphiaBetway$6,799,497$718,25210.6%$258,571
Presque IsleTwinSpires$3,182,967$719,81022.6%$258,988
Wind CreekWind Creek$2,117,517$157,0317.4%$55,823
South Philadelphia Race & Sportsbook$1,898,091$371,58919.6%$133,772
Downs at Lehigh Valley$1,394,673$336,88724.2%$121,279
Live Pittsburgh$1,356,021$216,95616.0%$78,104
Parx Malvern$352,159$82,64123.5%$29,751

PA online casino revenue by operator September 2022

LicenseeTotal RevenueSlotsTablesPokerPromosTaxes
Hollywood Penn National$60,946,997$43,804,035$16,799,849$343,114$12,306,532$17,542,253
Rivers Philadelphia$33,271,090$29,588,563$3,562,874$119,654$7,099,525$11,157,474
Valley Forge$22,454,984$14,204,276$8,250,708$0$2,871,564$6,646,488
Mount Airy$6,382,398$3,499,652$1,248,962$1,633,783$1,584,252$1,357,893
Harrah's Philadelphia$3,625,000$2,752,311$309,510$563,179$455,772$1,212,463
Live Philadelphia$2,508,693$2,321,818$186,875$0$430,054$919,029
Mohegan Sun Pocono$2,396,400$1,864,942$531,458$0$449,422$750,328
Wind Creek$2,007,179$1,920,622$86,557$0$599,516$634,769
Presque Isle Downs$414,826$300,282$114,544$0$2,699$158,191
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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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