PA Sports Betting Climbs To New Record With Almost $250 Million In Wagers

Posted on November 18, 2019 - Last Updated on November 19, 2019

A second full month of NFL action combined with a full-swing college football season sent PA sports betting handle soaring to $241 million. The October numbers shattered the previous month’s record of $195 million.

According to the latest report from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), 82% of wagers were placed online. The preference for online wagering is nearly identical to last month.

FanDuel Sportsbook continues to crush the competition. It took about half of all bets placed in PA. FanDuel accounted for $118 million in handle. A whopping $114 million of the bets were placed on its online sportsbook.

The five PA online sportsbooks generated over $10 million in revenue in October. Retail sportsbooks tallied $4.6 million in revenue.

PA sports betting numbers for October 2019

Here is a look at the PA sports betting operators’ October numbers:

Casino or Off-Track Betting FacilityTotal HandleTotal RevenueOnline HandleOnline RevenueRetail HandleRetail Revenue
Valley Forge Casino$118,042,775
$5,800,924
$113,935,565
$5,645,194$4,107,210
$155,730
SugarHouse Casino$37,224,117 $2,720,698
$30,009,534 $1,906,859
$7,214,583$813,839
Parx Casino$25,949,811 $2,261,411
$18,443,839
$1,247,286
$7,505,973
$1,014,125
Rivers Casino$34,268,260
$1,784,975
$26,553,097
$1,085,365
$7,715,163
$699,611
Mount Airy$10,387,320 $509,253$9,746,233
$422,453
$641,087
$86,800
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course$2,958,213 $350,083
00$2,958,213 $350,083
South Philadelphia Race and Sportsbook$2,808,684
$402,272
00$2,808,684
$402,272
Harrah’s Philadelphia$2,349,762
$277,295
00$2,349,762
$277,295
Presque Isle Downs$3,194,587
$194,829
00$3,194,587 $194,829
Oaks Race and Sportsbook$1,135,541
$162,127
00$1,135,541

$162,127
Mohegan Sun Pocono$2,093,817
$305,697
00$2,093,817
$305,697
The Meadows $773,178 $178,682 00$773,178$178,682
Statewide Total$241,186,066
$14,948,249
$198,688,269

$10,307,158

$42,497,797$4,641,091

FanDuel crushes the competition

Since entering the PA market in late July 2019, FanDuel immediately ascended to the top. October represents the third straight month it has led the state in handle and revenue. It’s also seen a month-over-month increase in market share of all online betting in PA.

FanDuel’s percentage of PA’s total online handle:

  • August: 42%
  • September: 54%
  • October: 57%

FanDuel doled out $2.4 million in bonuses in October, which was only a $41,469 increase from September. Still, even without the added incentives, it continues to distance itself from competitors.

The rest of the sportsbooks

Rounding out the top four in PA handle, but still finishing way behind FanDuel, were Rivers Philadelphia ($37 million), Rivers Pittsburgh ($34 million) and Parx ($25.9 million).

Fox Bet debuted in September with a big promotional push. However, it had a lackluster start taking just $4.5 million in bets. A full month of operation contributed to an uptick. In October, Fox Bet took $9.7 million in bets for $422,453 in revenue.

Parx and Rivers retail sportsbooks continue to battle for the top position in the state, each handling over $7.5 million and $7.7 million, respectively.

Handle spiked, but revenue only grew $59,377 from the previous month to nearly $15 million. PA pulled in $5.3 million in taxes from online and retail sportsbooks in October.

New PA online sportsbooks in November

November was a busy month for the growing PA market. DraftKings launched through Penn National’s license in early November. In New Jersey, DraftKings is FanDuel’s top competitor. Will the same hold true in PA?

European bookmaker Unibet debuted with an online casino and sportsbook on Nov. 12.

Neither Unibet nor DraftKings was included in the most recent PGCB revenue report.

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Katie Kohler is a Philadelphia-area based award-winning journalist. She covers the Pennsylvania gambling industry with an emphasis on sports betting, online casino/poker and the lottery.

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