Sportsbooks Bounce Back After Worst Month Ever; PA Online Casinos Set U.S. Record

Written By Katie Kohler on April 18, 2022
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Sportsbooks in Pennsylvania experienced a big rebound in March taking about $715 million in wagers, nearly a 20% increase from last month. PA sports betting apps and retail sportsbooks had their worst month ever in February for net revenue with a combined loss of $442,847. Net revenue in March jumped to $30.4 million.

Pennsylvania online casino and poker sites soared to new highs. Gross gaming revenue for March set a U.S. record with $142.7 million. It broke PA’s previous record of $129.9 million set in January and New Jersey’s U.S. record of $137.9 million which was also set in January.

March 2022 numbers for Pennsylvania sports betting

Figures from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

  • Handle: $714.9 million
  • Revenue: $48.5 million/Gross revenue taxable $30.4
  • Hold: 6.7% (up from 3.7% last month)
  • Percent of bets placed online: 93%
  • Promotional credits: $18.1 million
  • Month-over-month: Handle increased 19.7%; revenue increased 119%
  • January sports betting taxes: $10.3 million to the state and $608,011 to local entities.
  • Top sports betting app by handle: FanDuel Sportsbook with $267 million
  • Top sports betting app by revenue: FanDuel Sportsbook ($21.8 million)

*Full revenue breakdown below. 

March 2022 numbers for online casinos and poker in PA

  • Online slots revenue: $89.4 million
  • Online table games revenue: $31.4 million
  • Poker revenue: $2.8 million
  • March PA online casino revenue created $118.1 million in taxable revenue after $24.6 million in promotional spending. That yielded $49.0 million in state taxes and local assessments. 

*Full revenue breakdown below.

5 key takeaways from PA gaming revenue in February 2022

Pennsylvania sportsbooks pass $1 billion mark for lifetime revenue

Hey, who you callin’ a dumpster fire? In October 2019, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ripped Pennsylvania sports betting calling it a “rolling dumpster fire.”

“It’s the opposite of Field of Dreams. If you do that, they won’t come.”

Despite the state’s high tax rate, 14 sports betting apps have launched in PA since the summer of 2019. Now, PA has eclipsed the $1 billion mark for sports betting revenue in just under three years of the arrival of online sportsbooks. And no, we will never miss a chance to bring up these quotes by the former guv.

March Madness and NBA help sportsbooks bounce back

In February, PA sportsbooks finished in the red for the first time largely due to giving out $22.6 million in promo credits. The bettors were successful in February too (3.6% hold for the books). In March, hold increased to 6.7%.

Total gaming revenue ends three-month slide by reaching record high

Gross gaming revenue decreased from December through February. Gross gaming revenue includes all forms of gaming in the state including land-based casinos, iGaming, sports betting, VGTs and DFS. But in March, it stopped the slide in style. Gaming revenue in PA hit an all-time high in March totaling $462.7 million. It broke the previous high of $432.4 million set in Nov. 2021.

  • Feb. 2022: $375.6 million
  • January 2022: $393.1 million
  • Dec. 2022: $406.3 million
  • October 2021: $425.9 million

Clearly, Omicron impacted gross gaming revenue during the “down months.” On April 18, Philadelphia reintroduced another mask mandate which applies to Live! Casino Philadelphia and Rivers Casino. So, it will be interesting to see how that impacts revenue compared to the rest of the state which is not under masking orders.

PA online casinos and Penn National continue to dominate

Pennsylvania online casino revenue continues to climb each month and in March, hit a new high…for now. March wasn’t just state record, it was a U.S. record for iGaming.

Penn National remains the top iGaming operator in PA. Their various online casino “skins” which include BetMGM, Barstool, and Hollywood casino led the way with $55.2 million in gross revenue. Penn National also launched another online casino in PA, PointsBet, in April. Their numbers aren’t included this month.

How is Barstool Sportsbook doing in PA?

Penn National Gaming CEO Jay Snowden has said during the company’s quarterly reports that he wants Barstool Sportsbook to be judged on net gross revenue (revenue minus promo credits).

Barstool Sportsbook in March

  • Revenue: $2.7 million
  • Promo credits: $1 million
  • NGR: $1.6 million

Barstool in February 2022:

  • Revenue: $1.9 million
  • Promo credits: $859,553
  • NGR: $1.1 million

Barstool in January 2022:

  • Revenue: $3.3 million
  • Promo credits: $1.7 million
  • NGR: $1.5 million

PA sports betting handle & revenue by operator March 2022

LicenseeOnline BrandTotal HandleTotal RevenueOnline HandleOnline RevenueRetail HandleRetail Revenue
Valley ForgeFanDuel$269,051,131$22,029,254$267,064,436$21,876,763$1,986,696$152,491
Hollywood MeadowsDraftKings$166,218,625$6,873,695$164,777,612$6,677,395$1,441,013$196,301
Hollywood MorgantownBetMGM$79,287,597$5,305,875$78,405,972$5,199,757$881,626$106,118
Hollywood Penn NationalBarstool$57,796,260$2,616,710$55,292,889$2,751,480$2,503,370-$134,770
Rivers PittsburghBetRivers$32,705,896$2,624,139$27,005,616$1,821,592$5,700,281$802,547
Rivers PhiladelphiaSugarHouse$24,429,000$1,712,911$18,017,534$843,550$6,411,466$869,361
Hollywood YorkPointsBet$15,894,813$1,446,461$14,464,807$1,259,185$1,430,006$187,275
Mount AiryFox Bet$11,449,181$891,931$11,045,918$868,222$403,263$23,709
Live PhiladelphiaBetway$9,429,336$896,959$2,702,475$38,016$6,726,861$858,943
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet$7,323,547$537,466$6,275,705$404,279$1,047,843$133,187
Harrah's PhiladelphiaCaesars$6,940,939$100,295$3,425,796$19,912$3,515,142$80,384
Presque IsleTwinSpires$6,102,871$544,906$2,823,705$260,693$3,279,165$284,213
Wind CreekWind Creek$2,523,512$312,981$782,410$51,313$1,741,102$261,668
South Philly OTB$2,259,788$306,623$0$0$2,259,788$306,623
Lehigh OTB$1,296,034$120,990$0$0$1,296,034$120,990
Live Pittsburgh$1,235,224$108,701$0$0$1,235,224$108,701
Parx Malvern$506,066$33,553$0$0$506,066$33,553

PA iGaming revenue by operator in March 2022

LicenseeTotal RevenueSlotsTablesPokerPromosState/Local Taxes
Hollywood Penn National$51,639,484$36,114,105$15,241,712$283,667$8,977,896$17,132,024
Rivers Philadelphia$30,816,996$27,638,626$3,099,036$79,334$6,299,528$12,029,689
Valley Forge$19,600,645$9,848,808$9,751,836$0$1,102,619$6,283,236
Mount Airy$6,950,248$4,265,976$1,044,401$1,639,871$2,686,948$1,278,600
Live Philadelphia$3,267,911$2,564,213$703,698$0$541,429$1,204,895
Harrah's Philadelphia$3,180,107$1,897,064$404,792$878,251$362,177$1,027,329
Mohegan Sun Pocono$2,075,025$1,803,401$271,624$0$456,664$770,698
Wind Creek$1,458,669$1,367,897$90,772$0$292,607$595,180
Presque Isle$1,220,440$863,019$357,421$0$55,471$493,263

Press release: Pennsylvania Sportsbooks Surge On March Madness While State’s Online Casinos Set U.S. Revenue Record

Contact: Zack Hall, Catena Media,

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Katie Kohler is a Philadelphia-area based award-winning journalist and Managing Editor at PlayPennsylvania. Katie especially enjoys creating unique content and on-the-ground reporting in PA. She is focused on creating valuable, timely content about casinos and sports betting for readers. Katie has covered the legal Pennsylvania gambling industry for Catena Media since 2019.

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