Super Bowl Wagers Top $30 Million In PA As Sportsbooks Take A Revenue Hit

Posted on February 4, 2020 - Last Updated on February 18, 2020

The first Super Bowl Sunday with online sports betting in Pennsylvania resulted in a win for the Kansas Chiefs and a loss for operators.

Numbers released on Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) revealed that PA sportsbooks took a $3.3 million loss as a result of the big game.

Bettors in PA wagered $30.7 million on Super Bowl LIV. Operators forked over about $34 million in payouts.

Super Bowl handle in PA

Last year, Pennsylvania only had six retail sportsbooks in operation during the Super Bowl and no mobile operators.

There were more options by kickoff of the 2019 NFL season, and its finale as the state now has eight online sportsbooks and 12 retail sportsbooks. A whopping 78% of wagers on the game were placed online, which is in tune with the monthly revenue numbers that show an overwhelming preference for mobile betting.

Additionally, the PGCB reports nearly 200,000 unique users logged on to PA online betting apps on Sunday. Previous NFL Sundays attracted closer to 100,000 unique visitors, so Super Bowl traffic was about double online.

Pennsylvania Super Bowl LIV handle and revenue:

  • Online Super Bowl handle: $24,035,942
  • Online Super Bowl revenue: ($2,840,675)
  • Retail Super Bowl handle: $6,728,544
  • Retail Super Bowl revenue: ($450,894)

How PA bet on Super Bowl LIV

At BetRivers, the Chiefs accounted for 70% of spread-ticket money. The Chiefs had 49% of the moneyline handle on Friday, but it jumped to 60% by kickoff.

At FanDuel as of Jan. 31, 53% of the moneyline handle was on the Chiefs in Pennsylvania.

More details on how PA bettors fared on the big game is available at our PlayPennsylvania Super Bowl betting recap.

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New Jersey second Super loss

For the second year in a row, New Jersey operators took a loss on Super Bowl Sunday. In NJ, $54.2 million was wagered and sportsbooks paid out $58.5 million. It resulted in a loss of $4.28 million, slightly less of a hit than last year’s $4.5 million loss.

Nevada fell just short of last year’s record. However, Nevada led all states in terms of Super Bowl handle with $154.7 million. It was one of the few states with a positive hold (12.1%) or $18.8 million in revenue.

The total was just short of 2018’s record of $156.8 million.

While many books took a hit on one of the biggest wagering events of the year, there will be plenty of opportunities for operators to rebound. DraftKings is running a Daily Double Up promo in PA for the week after Super Bowl, and with March Madness and Kentucky Derby around the corner, more betting action awaits.

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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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