In November of 2018, Pennsylvania’s sports betting industry took its first regulated bet at The Sportsbook at Hollywood Casino.

As of March 13, there are now eight operational sportsbooks in the state.

Each month, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) releases numbers related to sports betting at each of the locations.

Understanding the components of PA sports betting revenue

Included in those numbers are revenue for each of the books. However, that money should not be confused with what each sportbook’s handle is. A casino’s sports betting handle is the total number of dollars in wagers the sportsbook accepted. Some of those are winners and some of those are losers.

That is why revenue is a much smaller number than handle. In Nevada, the average handle of a sportsbook is just 5.5 percent. The handle in other states like New Jersey and Mississippi have been a little higher so far, but since the numbers are from football season, it stands to reason handle will level out once a full year is in the books.

These numbers will also jump tremendously once online sports betting launches.

Of that revenue, the state takes 34 percent in taxes. Additionally, there is a two percent tax that goes to the local governments where the sportsbooks are located.

Big picture PA sports betting revenue numbers

125627829
Dollars of sports wagers

Total sports betting handle in PA history

12588914
Dollars of sports betting revenue

Total sports betting revenue in PA history

4532008
Tax dollars for the state

Total sports betting taxes to date for PA

Month-by-month PA sports betting revenue breakdowns

February 2019

PropertyHandleGross RevenueTaxYTD Revenue
SugarHouse Sportsbook$7,091,933.11$522,308.00$188,030.88$1,266,998.00
Rivers Sportsbook$8,147,558.96$627,520.99$225,907.56$2,546,993.99
Parx Sportsbook$6,965,511.90$369,995.89$133,198.52$1,540,343.89
Hollywood Sportsbook$3,742,819.85$13,914.20$5,009.11$1,106,756.80
South Philadelphia Turf Club$2,601,650.62$275,876.90$99,315.69$367,711.90
Harrah's Philadelphia$2,951,267.50$137,200.52$49,392.19$240,769.52
Total$31,500,741.94$1,946,816.50$700,853.95$7,069,574.10

January 2019

CasinoHandleRevenueTaxYTD total revenue
SugarHouse Sportsbook$10,795,121$103,523$37,268$744,690
Rivers Sportsbook$9,543,112$853,316$307,194$1,919,473
Parx Sportsbook$5,382,620$1,170,348$421,325$1,170,348
Hollywood Sportsbook$4,817,151$284,624$102,465$808,219
South Philadelphia Turf Club$858,130$91,835$33,061$91,835
Harrah's Philadelphia$615,704$103,569$37,285$103,569
Total$32,011,839$2,607,205$938,597$4,838,133

December 2018

CasinoHandleRevenueTaxYTD total revenue
Rivers Casino$5,581,553$1,066,157$383,816$1,066,157
SugarHouse Casino$5,539,806$641,167$230,820$641,167
Hollywood Casino$5,051,730$299,222$107,720$1,449,386
Total$16,173,090$2,006,546$722,356$3,156,710

November 2018

CasinoHandleRevenueTaxYTD total revenue
Hollywood Casino$1,414,586.55 $508,996.60$183,238.77$508,996.60
Total$1,414,586.55 $508,996.60$183,238.77$508,996.60