The numbers are in! Pennsylvania’s first month with football bets is in the books, and let’s put it this way. Pennsylvanians love to bet on sports!

PA Sportsbooks took over $109,000,000 in wagers for the month of August, but ended up with roughly $10 million in revenue from sports wagering.

Remember, don’t compare these numbers to New Jersey Sports Betting just yet. NJ has a plethora of options (16 live apps) to choose from online, compared to five PA online sporstbooks (4 in August).

 

 

August Revenue By The Numbers

 

August Sports Betting Handle: $109,038,051

August Sports Betting Revenue: $9,887,748

August Sports Betting Taxes Earned: $2,201,406

Valley Forge (FANDUEL) holds the crown for August, as it took $37,822,688 in handle, had $3,117,801 in revenue and put forth just under $800,000 in taxes for the state.

SugarHouse was second with $30.4M in handle, followed by BetRivers and Parx at roughly $22M and $11M, respectively.

 

 

iPhone Sports Betting App Impact

FanDuel Sportsbook App PAWe have seen it in other states, and Pennsylvania seems to be the same way. Mobile sports betting is king yet again.

Over 75% of the total bets taken in Pennsylvania came in via mobile betting. Expect that to move closer to 80%, as New Jersey is well over 80% for the time being. As more and more options are available, the needle moves more and more.

In August, $83,209,317 was wagered online/mobile in PA, while just $25,828,374 was wagered at the actual sportsbooks’ retail operations.

From July to August, online sports wagering jumped from $39M to $83M, nearly a 55% jump. Expect that to happen more and more as the casinos and their new applications join Pennsylvania, and we get deeper into football season.

Overall, $270.9M of $413M has been wagered in retail. But as we know, mobile betting has only been around for a few months. In just the last two months, we’ve seen over $120M in handle come in via online and mobile betting. 

Expect the number for retail sportsbooks to fall grossly behind mobile betting by the end of the calendar year, at the latest.

 

FanDuel Sportsbook #1 in PA

As you saw above, Valley Forge holds the August crown with over $37.8M in betting handle, and that is with FanDuel Sportsbook as its online/mobile operator. FanDuel brought home over a third of the total state wagering handle.

FanDuel now has the crown as the king of Pennsylvania (metaphorically speaking, of course), taking over SugarHouse, who was atop the ranks for a short time given they were the first in the market. SugarHouse finished August with $30.4M in betting handle. A solid month, but FanDuel will just take over from here.

Here’s a look at each casino’s numbers for August:

Casino Betting Handle Betting Revenue Taxes Earned By State
Valley Forge (FanDuel) $37,822,688 $3,117,801 $798,391
SugarHouse $30,390,890 $2,540,337 $443,541
Rivers $21,762,952 $1,657,320 $76,505
Parx $10,988,663 $1,343,518 $440,614
Hollywood $2,055,786 $309,171 $111,301
South Philly $1,997,420 $337,680 $121,565
Harrah’s $1,879,243 $251,296 $90,467
Presque Isle Downs $1,197,553 $282,384 $101,659
Oaks $942,856 $48,230 $17,363

 

This is just the beginning. With Week 1 of NFL occurring in September, expect those numbers to be massive. Not to mention college football, the MLB playoff race, and more.

Want to see the full report from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board? Read here.

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Jason covers the legal sports betting industry within multiple states. Originally for Pennsylvania, NE Philly to be exact, Jason has a strong hold on the PA sports betting market. A self proclaimed sports betting jinx, fade his action anytime he loves the Eagles, Sixers or Phillies.
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