Football Pushes Pennsylvania Sportsbooks To Near-Record Breaking Month in September

Written By Katie Kohler on October 19, 2021

Pennsylvania sportsbook operators can relate to the “Ted Lasso” character, Dani Rojas, when he joyfully says, “football is life.” Yes, he is referring to soccer, not American football. But sportsbooks echo a very similar sentiment. Football – the NFL and college football –  is their lifeblood.

In September, sports betting handle in PA hit $578.8 million and revenue reached nearly $48.1 million. Both were the second-highest ever behind January 2020. Handle increased about 66% from August to September and revenue jumped 90%. In terms of YoY growth, it represented a 25% increase in handle.

Pennsylvania collected $9.6 million in taxes from sports betting and an additional $565,076 earmarked local entities.

FanDuel, through its partnership with Valley Forge Casino, remains the top sports betting app for handle ($183.6 million) and revenue ($21.2 million).

Big September for sports betting apps

It’s no surprise that is was a big month for PA sportsbooks. In early October, GeoComply reported that the first four weeks of the NFL season produced the highest number of geolocation transactions ever. New Jersey had the highest number of transactions followed by Pennsylvania.

The day before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released figures for September, New Jersey reported $1 billion in bets were placed in September. It was the first time any state has ever reached the milestone.

FanDuel continues to rule PA, better month for Barstool

FanDuel remains the top sports betting app in PA. DraftKings saw its handle increase from $80.4 million in August to $164.7 million in September had revenue drop from about $8 million to $5.1 million. However, they maintain a firm grip on the No. 2 spot in PA.

Barstool edged out BetMGM and took back the No. 3 spot. Barstool PA took $52.7 million in bets and reported $2.6 million in revenue. It’s been about a year since Barstool launched its sports betting app in PA.

PA sports betting handle & revenue by operator September 2021

LicenseeOnline BrandTotal HandleTotal RevenueOnline HandleOnline RevenueRetail HandleRetail Revenue
Valley ForgeFanDuel$187,553,372$21,649,572$183,653,729$21,229,917$3,899,643$419,656
MeadowsDraftKings$166,600,879$5,296,757$164,704,750$5,126,188$1,896,130$170,569
Hollywood Penn NationalBarstool$54,986,748$2,962,942$52,770,687$2,634,689$2,216,060$328,253
Hollywood MorgantownBetMGM$50,722,680$5,569,404$50,722,680$5,569,404$0$0
Rivers PittsburghBetRivers$27,649,796$2,968,405$19,765,004$1,846,242$7,884,792$1,122,164
Rivers PhiladelphiaSugarHouse$20,612,606$2,425,703$13,463,363$1,204,173$7,149,243$1,221,530
ParxParx$18,775,632$2,123,020$12,021,858$1,021,071$6,753,775$1,101,949
Mount AiryFox Bet$15,953,060$1,257,348$15,173,522$1,198,864$779,539$58,484
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet$8,934,643$649,345$7,305,837$511,171$1,628,806$138,174
Presque IsleTwinSpires$7,366,133$771,733$3,485,472$307,518$3,880,661$464,215
Harrah's PhiladelphiaCaesars$6,122,538$532,814$2,437,652$219,829$3,684,886$312,985
Live PhiladelphiaBetway$5,673,405$652,464$1,011,808-$23,818$4,661,597$676,282
South Philly OTB$2,249,039$349,413$0$0$2,249,039$349,413
Wind CreekWind Creek$1,824,545$246,320$921,828$57,873$902,718$188,446
Hollywood York$1,493,440$276,073$0$0$1,493,440$276,073
Lehigh OTB$1,257,847$203,820$0$0$1,257,847$203,820
Live Pittsburgh$984,381$178,538$0$0$984,381$178,538
Total$578,760,746$48,113,670$527,438,189$40,903,119$51,322,557$7,210,551

September fantasy sports figures

Revenue increased month-over-month for DFS. Fantasy operators reported $3.2 million in revenue, a rise from $1.6 million in August. DraftKings ($1.9 million) and FanDuel ($1.3) account for nearly all of the DFS revenue in PA.

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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.

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