Rivers Casino Sportsbook in Pittsburgh certainly grabbed my attention with their tweet below. With the launch of online and mobile sports betting in PA being delayed, Rivers SportsBook4Fun.com is a curious step in the right direction.
Rumors have been circling that PA Online Sportsbooks and mobile betting apps were set to go live by March. As the time neared, PGCB officials stated that “internet gaming” in the state will not happen until July.
Then came an article from PennLive.com that quoted Parx CMO Marc Oppenheimer will the following statement:
Parx is working toward offering online sports betting ahead of the general igaming launch, and possibly as early as April.
This set off alarm bells in the state for sports bettors who are ready to bet ASAP via their mobile devices on a Parx Sports Betting app.
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— Rivers Casino (@WinBigRivers) March 18, 2019
Rivers “Fun” Sportsbook
So what exactly is this thing? In short, it is a white label version of PlaySugarhouse.com with a Rivers Casino logo. Kambi provides the sports betting tech and software to Rivers, SugarHouse PA and Parx, so this set was not a surprise.
At best this is a clear hint that Rivers Sportsbook feels the launch of their online/mobile sportsbook is coming soon. SportsBook4Fun.com allows anyone to create an account and place bets, you guessed it, for fun. They also have online casino games and blackjack.
PA Sports Betting Revenue Dips
Taking a look at how the sportsbooks in PA performed in February, Rivers Casino Sportsbook had the best month. Rivers saw $8,147,558.96 in total sports betting handle which resulted in revenue of $627,520.99. SugarHouse Sportsbook and Parx Sportsbook rounded out the top 3 performing sportsbooks in the state. The total betting handle for February was $31,500,741.94. This was a small decrease from $32,011,838.76 in January.
Sports betting revenue in February compared to January was not great. The February Sports betting revenue was $1,946,816.50. That was a 25% drop from $2,607,215.09 in January 2019.
|Sportsbook||Sports Betting Handle||Gross Revenue||Tax|
|South Philadelphia Turf Club||$2,601,650.62||$275,876.90||$99,315.69|