So far, Pennsylvania online casinos probably are not getting the attention they deserve. Since launching July 15, the trio of sites shouldered criticism about the lack of Apple and iPhone options, small game libraries, and the absence of major table games.
It is hard to be critical about August online casino numbers in Pennsylvania. According to data from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), the three casino sites more than quadrupled revenue month-over-month. Of course, July numbers only had two weeks of action to tabulate. But the big jump in growth is a good reminder of how profitable online slots and table games can be.
It is hard to fault online casino with its big month-over-month growth. It is also hard to fault something that is already outearning its online sportsbook counterpart. While online betting generated $2.5 million in revenue across four sites, online casinos produced $3.4 million in revenue split amongst three sites.
Sports betting may get the headlines in Pennsylvania, but at the end of the day, the online casino is going to be the industry that brings in the big bucks.
August online casino numbers
Here is a look at how each of the three PA online casinos performed last month:
|Table games revenue
SugarHouse slots dwarf the competition
When it came to sports betting in August, SugarHouse relinquished the top spot to competitor FanDuel. Thankfully for the Philadelphia-area casino, the same could not be said of its PlaySugarHouse online casino site.
SugarHouse generated almost $1.4 million in slots revenue in August, compared to just $261,000 in July. That performance, combined with $286,000 in table games revenue, resulted in total revenue of $1.65 million for the site. That accounts for a little less than half the $3.4 million in total revenue across the sites last month.
Parx continues to rely on table game performance
In July, Parx’s table games performance was just behind SugarHouse’s. As for August, Parx was on top with roughly twice as much money coming from table games than SugarHouse. In fact, Parx table games revenue produced $552,000, which outpaced slots performance, which generated $544,000.
Up until mid-August, Parx had a serious table games advantage as the only site with an online blackjack option. Now that Hollywood has blackjack as well, this table game revenue dominance may not be as strong.
Hollywood brings up the rear
In the world of sports betting, the addition of iPhone users was a game-changer. For Hollywood Casino, that did not bear out to be true. Of course, just a handful of games from the state’s largest library of titles are available on iPhone, dwarfing its earning capacity.
Of course, the addition of blackjack could help the minuscule table games return for the casino. Hollywood produced just $65,000 in table games revenue and $619,000 in slot revenue.
On the bright side, these are big jumps from July, when Hollywood produced just $13,000 in table games money. Slots jumped from $116,000 in July to more than five times that amount in August.