PA Gaming Review: Online Casino And Poker On The Rise As New Slot Titles Added

Written By Kevin Shelly on March 24, 2020 - Last Updated on January 18, 2024
Online gaming traffic up in March

Online betting remains a bright spot everywhere that it is available. Virtually every physical casino throughout the US is shuttered due to coronavirus precautions.

PA online casinos performed especially strong in February, and are likely to continue to beef up as betting habits shift.

Underscoring that, online casino operators added a slew of new slot titles, and Divine Fortune struck with yet another online jackpot. Also, poker numbers online at PokerStars PA have doubled.

Online had a strong February

Online gaming revenue peaked in February, but PA sports gambling saw month-over-month declines.

Still, internet-based gambling in Pennsylvania brought in nearly $19.5 million in revenue for its best month yet.

That’s a 39.6% increase over January when revenue totaled just under $14 million. Online casinos brought in $6.8 million in tax revenue last month.

Retail casinos were healthy in February with slot revenue across the state’s 12 land-based casinos at nearly $200 million, which was a 5.1% increase year over year. Table games brought in $77.4 million in revenue across operators, an increase of 4.6%.

Next month’s numbers should be interesting, with 12 brick-and-mortar casinos all shuttered by March 17 to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Virtual casino offerings increase, Divine Fortune hits again

Fortunately for online slot players in PA, many new titles are now available online. Some of the highlights include the following:

BetRivers PA has eight new titles, including Jimi HendrixDouble StacksSolstice Celebration and Jumanji.

SugarHouse has added five titles, including Sparkling Roses, Egg-o-Matic and Star Magic.

Hollywood and PokerStars each added Mercy of the Gods.

Lititz, PA, man won the Divine Fortune jackpot while playing online at PlaySugarHouse. He hit the jackpot with a $1 bet, winning $278,430.23. It was his second time hitting the jackpot in less than a month.

Check our games tracker for weekly updates on PA casino game offerings.

Online poker players on the rise with casino closings

Parallel with state-ordered casino closures, the number of players logged onto PokerStars PA began to rise around March 17.

Nightly checks of traffic by PlayPennsylvania contributors show the number of players logged onto PokerStars PA has more than doubled over the last week.

The number had run around 1,400 a night to 1,700, but it’s been around 3,400 to 3,600 more recently. Our recent PlayPennsylvania report includes a detailed table.

Expect a revenue bump for the operator in March.

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Kevin C. Shelly is an award-winning career journalist who has spent most of his career in South Jersey. He's the former assistant city editor of The Press of Atlantic City, where he covered the casino industry and Atlantic City government as a reporter. He was also an investigative, narrative enterprise, and features reporter for Gannett’s Courier-Post.

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