The last week in the Pennsylvania gaming industry was a mixed bag as adjustments to the new normal continue.
The last brick-and-mortar casino to reopen welcomed customers back in Philly, but there is no smoking or drinking in any of the state’s casinos and many facilities are laying off employees. Online revenue streams remained strong in June, even as casinos reopened.
And while sports are preparing to resume, minus fans in attendance, Philly has canceled all large-scale events through the end of February, making it murky when it comes to the Eagles and the Army-Navy game set for Dec. 12.
DraftKings debuted a standalone casino app
DraftKings launched a standalone mobile casino app a week ago. But DraftKings Casino app is available only on iOS and not available for Android. The new app comes from a partnership with Hollywood Casino.
The new app is integrated with their sportsbook, which went live in May and has a shared wallet.
Meanwhile, the online plans for BetMGM, Golden Nugget, Live! and Wind Creek are also moving ahead.
Last PA casino reopened in Philly
Rivers Philadelphia Casino became the last of PA’s casinos to reopen on July 17, but with a bunch of restrictions.
Like other casinos, there’s no smoking or drinking and limits on capacity and contact. But only half of the staff is back.
Philly banned large events and muddied the water for Eagles and Army-Navy
The Army-Navy game this year scheduled for Dec. 12 in Philadelphia might have no spectators. And if it has fans, how many are still TBD. The city banned all large events through Feb.28.
Johnny Avello, director of sportsbook operations for DraftKings said this game gets lots of betting interest and is the single most important game on both team’s schedules.
Will spectators be allowed for the game or for Eagles games, which also play at the Linc? Or if they are allowed, how many?
Unclear. A spokeswoman for the city told PlayPA, “This is a fluid situation, and this policy is under constant review.”
Revenue has shifted faster to online
June slots and table games revenue was $46.8 million, with $21.5 million going to state and local taxes. Online poker in June had revenue of $3.2 million.
Total wagers for online slots in PA surpassed $1 billion for the second month in a row – more than double pre-pandemic play.
Meanwhile, the sports betting handle for June was $89 million, up from $77.5 million the previous month. Revenue also increased to $7.9 million from $4.8 million in May.
Sports betting revenue should soon see greater gains as major sports make their way back, starting with MLB Opening Day tomorrow.