PA Online Sports Betting Overtook Retail In July With 66% Of Betting

Written By Jessica Welman on August 16, 2019 - Last Updated on September 18, 2023

July is not known as a big betting month, but that didn’t stop the expansion of the PA online betting market from posting the biggest month for Pennsylvania sports betting yet.

The state’s eight sportsbooks generated $59 million in total handle. That represents roughly $20 million in retail wagering and another $39 million in online betting. In just the third month of online betting’s existence, it already represents roughly two-thirds of the total PA betting market.

Revenue numbers skewed by promo credit

Sports betting revenue numbers may not look as impressive, but that is largely because of the massive amounts of promotional credit the sites are doling out. Both Rivers and SugarHouse each put up around a million in promotional credit, while FanDuel racked up $120,000 and Parx gave away $90,000.

With the reconciliation of that credit, online revenue for the month came in at just $665,799. Combine that with the $2.1 million the retail books racked up and total revenue comes in at $2,808,542. Of that, roughly $1 million went to the state in taxes.

Complete July PA sports betting numbers

Here is a look at how each sportsbook fared this month:

Casino or Off-Track Betting FacilityTotal HandleTotal RevenueOnline HandleOnline RevenueRetail HandleLand-Based
SugarHouse Casino$26,450,976$1,071,187$22,162,651$540,766$4,288,325$530,421
Rivers Casino$14,343,453$133,634$9,927,161($250,941)$4,416,292$384,576
Parx Casino$7,199,507$656,974$3,648,995$242,244$3,550,511$414,730
Valley Forge Casino Resort$5,048,106$301,876$3,259,840$133,730$1,788,266$168,146
South Philadelphia Race and Sportsbook$1,864,245$150,07400$1,864,245$150,074
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course$1,772,466$196,18800$1,772,466$196,188
Harrah’s Philadelphia$1,700,923$186,57400$1,700,923$186,574
Oaks Race and Sportsbook$789,502$110,16200$789,502$110,162
Presque Isle Downs$162,781$45,46900$162,781$45,469
Statewide Total$59,331,959$2,852,137$38,998,648$665,798$20,333,311$2,186,339

SugarHouse rules the online roost

Almost 45% of all bets this month were with SugarHouse Sportsbook. The $22 million in wagers on PlaySugarHouse PA dwarfed the competition, which is not surprising. SugarHouse was the first to market and continues to draw customers with its generous PA sportsbook sign-up bonus offer.

Unlike its sister site, BetRivers Sportsbook, the promo credit issue did not stop SugarHouse from having a positive month. The site generated over $540,000 in revenue. Rivers, on the other hand, posted $250,000 in losses on the month.

Parx, which was unavailable on iPhones last month, posted just $3.6 million in online wagers. FanDuel posted a comparable $3.3 million but was also only operational for a few days of the month.

Rivers and SugarHouse dominate retail

On the retail front, Rivers Pittsburgh enjoyed its last month as the only sportsbook in western PA. It took the most bets at $4.4 million, with SugarHouse on its heels with $4.3 million in wagers. Parx rounded out the top three with $3.6 million in handle.

The five also-rans accounted for the remaining 40% of bets. With football betting kicking off in August, expect all these numbers to grow substantially in the next report though.

Football is king

With football getting underway and online betting finally live, the August report could very easily generate eight figures in handle. Now that all four betting apps are accessible on iPhones, online betting should continue to explode.

August will also include the addition of Presque Isle Downs’ retail sportsbook and potentially a couple of others that might get up and running in time for NFL Week 1 on Sept. 5.

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Jessica Welman has been a key voice in the legal betting industry since the repeal of PASPA in 2018. She contributed to and formerly managed several Catena Play-branded sites including PlayPennsylvania, PlayTenn and PlayIndiana. A longtime poker media presence, Jess has worked as a tournament reporter for the World Poker Tour, co-hosted a podcast for Poker Road, and served as the managing editor for

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