FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 19th, 2021

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
P.O. Box 69060
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9060

CONTACT

Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey (717) 346-8321

Record Month For Pennsylvania's Internet-type Casino Gaming

HARRISBURG, PA:  Figures released today by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board show a new monthly record for revenue generated by iGaming.

Additionally, the sports wagering handle in December 2020 was the highest to date eclipsing the amount wagered in October of 2020.

These highs came during a month in which retail operations at casinos and video gaming terminal (VGT) establishments went dark on December 12th and remained closed through the end of the month due to statewide COVID-19 restrictions.

Board reports show that the combined total revenue generated from all forms of gaming along with fantasy contests during December 2020 was $168,739,237 which represents a decrease of 42.19% compared to revenue generated in December 2019.

Sources of gaming revenue regulated by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board include slot machines, table games, internet gaming, sports wagering, fantasy contests and VGTs. The Board has posted separate reports for these types of gaming on its website.

The following chart compiles all revenue generated in December 2020 by casinos along with fantasy contests and video gaming terminals operated by other vendors and includes a comparison to total revenue generated last December.

Source

Dec 2020

Total Revenue

Dec 2019

Total Revenue

% Change

Hollywood Casino at Penn National

$42,430,679

$20,678,625

105.19%

Parx Casino

$23,328,562

$54,281,856

-57.02%

Valley Forge Casino Resort

$21,726,527

$16,677,463

30.27%

Rivers Casino Philadelphia

$20,370,027

$30,394,079

-32.98%

Mount Airy Casino Resort

$12,147,274

$17,422,850

-30.28%

Wind Creek Bethlehem

$9,226,791

$43,644,071

-78.86%

The Meadows Casino

$9,023,260

$18,222,730

-50.48%

Harrah's Philadelphia

$7,468,837

$20,613,629

-63.77%

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

$7,109,129

$33,955,608

-79.06%

Mohegan Sun Pocono

$6,950,752

$18,122,836

-61.65%

Fantasy Contests

$3,011,755

$3,435,621

-12.34%

Presque Isle Downs and Casino

$2,229,292

$10,737,220

-79.24%

Live! Casino Pittsburgh

$2,072,091

--

n/a

Video Gaming Terminals

$802,918

$879,153

-8.67%

Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin

$408,618

$2,816,996

-85.49%

Live! Casino Philadelphia

$399,578

--

n/a

Hollywood Casino Morgantown

$33,148

--

n/a

Statewide Total

$168,739,237

$291,882,735

-42.19%

 

Total tax revenue generated collectively through all forms of gaming and fantasy contests was $67,331,655* during December 2020.

December Revenue by Game Type

The Board is also providing a synopsis of revenue year-over-year by types of games: 

 

Type of Gaming Revenue

Dec 2020

Dec 2019

% Change

iGaming Slot Revenue

$46,246,757

$5,570,585

730.20%

Retail Slots Revenue

$42,197,822

$187,473,942

-77.49%

Sports Wagering Revenue

$34,059,539

$11,374,482

199.44%

iGaming Tables Revenue

$22,632,774

$2,580,977

776.91%

Retail Tables Revenue

$17,057,943

$78,094,839

-78.16%

Fantasy Contests Revenue

$3,011,755

$3,435,621

-12.34%

iGaming Poker Revenue

$2,729,729

$2,473,137

10.38%

Video Gaming Terminals Revenue

$802,918

$879,153

-8.67%

Total Gaming Revenue

$168,739,237

$291,882,735

-42.19%

 

Slot Machine Revenue

December’s gross revenue from slot machines was $42,197,822, a 77.49% decrease in revenue when compared to the $187,473,942 generated in December 2019.

The number of slot machines in operation on December 11, 2020 was 16,957 compared to 24,116 at the casinos on December 30, 2019. 

Slot machine revenue for each of the casinos, with the percentage change reflected over the previous year, is as follows. These figures represent only 12 days of operation in December due to statewide COVID-19 restrictions except for Rivers Casino Philadelphia which was closed for the entirety of December 2020.

 

 

Casino

Dec 2020 Slots Revenue

Dec 2019 Slots Revenue

% Change

Parx Casino

$9,873,968

$35,106,932

-71.87%

Wind Creek Bethlehem

$5,080,312

$21,209,391

-76.05%

Hollywood Casino at Penn National

$4,262,784

$15,868,892

-73.14%

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

$4,233,733

$24,456,683

-82.69%

Harrah's Philadelphia

$4,209,891

$15,526,553

-72.89%

Mohegan Sun Pocono

$3,066,456

$14,997,089

-79.55%

The Meadows Casino

$2,846,767

$15,153,232

-81.21%

Mount Airy Casino Resort

$2,823,520

$10,541,498

-73.22%

Valley Forge Casino Resort

$2,097,124

$8,969,155

-76.62%

Live! Casino Pittsburgh

$1,744,380

--

n/a

Presque Isle Downs and Casino

$1,617,389

$8,952,945

-81.93%

Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin

$341,499

$2,472,613

-86.19%

Rivers Casino Philadelphia1

$0

$14,218,959

-100.00%

Statewide Total

$42,197,822

$187,473,942

-77.49%

 

1 Closed due to Covid-19 restrictions implemented by the City of Philadelphia on November 20th

Tax revenue from the play of slots machines in December of 2020 was $22,435,942*.

 

 

Table Games Revenue

Table games revenue for December 2020 was $17,057,943, a decrease of 78.16% from December 2019, when revenue was $78,094,839.

Table games revenue for each of the casinos, with the percentage change reflected over the previous year, is as follows. These figures represent only 12 days of operation in December due to statewide COVID-19 restrictions except for Rivers Casino Philadelphia which was closed for the entirety of December 2020.

 

Casino

Dec 2020 Table Games Revenue

Dec 2019 Table Games Revenue

% Change

Parx Casino

$6,212,824

$15,905,337

-60.94%

Wind Creek Bethlehem

$3,560,223

$22,434,680

-84.13%

Harrah's Philadelphia

$1,775,746

$4,963,277

-64.22%

Valley Forge Casino Resort

$1,185,274

$3,596,439

-67.04%

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh

$1,058,809

$7,499,478

-85.88%

The Meadows Casino

$750,536

$2,327,764

-67.76%

Hollywood Casino at Penn National

$714,539

$3,004,659

-76.22%

Mohegan Sun Pocono

$701,148

$2,493,090

-71.88%

Mount Airy Casino Resort

$470,314

$2,462,809

-80.90%

Live! Casino Pittsburgh

$298,079

--

n/a

Presque Isle Downs and Casino

$263,333

$1,537,705

-82.87%

Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin

$67,119

$344,384

-80.51%

Rivers Casino Philadelphia1

$0

$11,525,217

-100.00%

Statewide Total

$17,057,943

$78,094,839

-78.16%

 

1 Closed due to Covid-19 restrictions implemented by the City of Philadelphia on November 20th

Total tax revenue from table games play during December 2020 was $2,742,404 *.

 

 

Internet Casino-Type Gaming (iGaming) Revenue

Casino games offered online generated gross revenue of $71,609,260 during December 2020 compared to $10,624,699 in December 2019. The amount in December also easily eclipsed the previous high revenue month for Internet Casino-Type gaming was in October 2020 of $59,760,431.

A breakdown of revenue of casino games offered online is as follows:

 

Casino Operator

Total Internet Games

Revenue

Internet

Slots

Revenue

Internet

Table Games

Revenue

Internet

Poker Revenue

Rivers Casino Philadelphia

$19,344,602

$15,911,181

$3,433,421

 

Penn National – DraftKings.com

$13,743,894

$5,994,161

$7,749,733

 

Valley Forge Casino Resort

$11,164,102

$5,057,378

$6,106,724

 

Mount Airy Casino Resort

$6,997,170

$2,821,132

$1,446,309

$2,729,729

Penn National - BetMGM

$5,731,621

$3,929,638

$1,801,982

 

Parx Casino

$5,022,144

$4,604,612

$417,532

 

Penn National – HollywoodCasino.com

$4,045,720

$3,917,896

$127,824

 

Mohegan Sun Pocono

$3,077,063

$2,114,505

$962,558

 

Harrah’s Philadelphia

$1,328,778

$977,970

$350,809

 

Wind Creek Bethlehem

$590,988

$440,892

$150,096

 

Live! Philadelphia

$399,578

$326,543

$73,035

 

Presque Isle Downs and Casino

$163,599

$150,849

$12,750

 

Statewide Total

$71,609,260

$46,246,757

$22,632,774

$2,729,729

 

 

Tax revenue generated from internet gaming play during December 2020 was $29,022,596*.

Total iGaming revenue for each of the casinos during December 2020 and December 2019, if applicable, is as follows:

 

Operator

Dec 2020
iGaming Revenue

Dec 2019
iGaming Revenue

% Change

Hollywood Casino at Penn National

$23,521,235

$1,692,797

1289.49%

Rivers Casino Philadelphia

$19,344,602

$2,970,222

551.28%

Valley Forge Casino Resort

$11,164,102

--

n/a

Mount Airy Casino Resort

$6,997,170

$4,032,194

73.53%

Parx Casino

$5,022,144

$1,523,041

229.74%

Mohegan Sun Pocono

$3,077,063

$406,445

657.07%

Harrah’s Philadelphia

$1,328,778

--

n/a

Wind Creek Bethlehem

$590,988

--

n/a

Live! Casino Philadelphia

$399,578

--

n/a

Presque Isle Downs and Casino

$163,599

--

n/a

Statewide Total

$71,609,260

$10,624,699

573.99%

 

Sports Wagering Revenue

December 2020 total sports wagering handle was $548,590,065 or 11.52% above the November 2020 total of $491,910,713. It was also the highest monthly handle to date eclipsing the amount of $525,802,524 wagered in October 2020. At the same time, the taxable revenue figure for December 2020 was $34,059,539 or 8.81% below than November taxable revenue of $37,350,246 which remains the highest for any month to date.

December 2020 sports wagering total handle and revenue is as follows:

 

Casino Operator

Total

Handle3

Retail

Revenue

Online Revenue

Total Revenue

Hollywood Casino at Penn National

$72,565,263

$51,429

$13,880,692

$13,932,121

Valley Forge Casino Resort

$209,239,948

$226,537

$7,053,490

$7,280,027

The Meadows Casino

$131,462,173

$52,942

$5,373,015

$5,425,957

Parx Casino

$28,029,420

$247,992

$1,971,634

$2,219,626

Rivers Pittsburgh

$28,827,215

$194,208

$1,622,379

$1,816,587

Mount Airy Casino Resort

$28,861,696

$16,104

$1,840,166

$1,856,270

Rivers Philadelphia4

$21,814,454

-$15,231

$1,040,656

$1,025,425

Presque Isle Downs and Casino

$2,767,558

$192,811

-$7,840

$184,971

Harrah's Philadelphia

$2,465,806

$138,721

$15,700

$154,422

Mohegan Sun Lehigh Valley2

$498,163

$63,572

$0

$63,572

Mohegan Sun Pocono

$9,608,965

-$43,687

$86,200

$42,513

Hollywood Morgantown

$12,069,468

$0

$33,148

$33,148

Live! Pittsburgh

$165,834

$29,633

$0

$29,633

South Philly Race & Sportsbook1 4

$0

$0

$0

$0

Wind Creek Bethlehem

$214,103

$11,886

-$16,619

-$4,733

Statewide Total

$548,590,065

$1,166,917

$32,892,621

$34,059,539

 

1Operated by Parx Casino

2 Operated by Mohegan Sun Pocono

3 A breakout of the handle between retail and online sportsbooks can be found on the website report.

4 Retail sports wagering closed for entirety of Decemberdue to Covid-19 restrictions implemented by the City of Philadelphia

 

Sports wagering revenue for each of the casinos for 2020 and 2019, if applicable, is as follows:

 

Operator

Dec 2020 Sports Wagering Revenue

Dec 2019 Sports Wagering Revenue

% Change

Hollywood Casino at Penn National

$13,932,121

$112,277

12,308.72%

Valley Forge Casino Resort

$7,280,027

$4,111,869

77.05%

The Meadows Casino

$5,425,957

$741,734

631.52%

Parx Casino

$2,219,626

$1,351,945

65.18%

Mount Airy Casino Resort

$1,856,270

$386,349

380.46%

Rivers Pittsburgh

$1,816,587

$1,999,447

-9.15%

Rivers Philadelphia4

$1,025,425

$1,679,680

-38.95%

Presque Isle Downs and Casino

$184,971

$246,570

-24.98%

Harrah's Philadelphia

$154,422

$123,799

24.74%

Mohegan Sun Lehigh Valley2

$63,572

--

n/a

Mohegan Sun Pocono

$42,513

$226,212

-81.21%

Hollywood Morgantown

$33,148

--

n/a

Live! Pittsburgh

$29,633

--

n/a

South Philly Race & Sportsbook1 4

$0

$328,651

-100%

Wind Creek Bethlehem

-$4,733

--

n/a

Oaks Race & Sportsbook1 3

--

$65,949

-100%

Statewide Total

$34,059,539

$11,374,482

199.44%

1Operated by Parx Casino

2 Operated by Mohegan Sun Pocono

3 Retail sportsbook no longer in operation

4 Retail sports wagering closed for entirety of Decemberdue to Covid-19 restrictions implemented by the City of Philadelphia

Tax revenue generated from sports wagering during December 2020 was $12,261,434*.

 

 

Video Gaming Terminals

Total adjusted revenue for December for video gaming terminals (VGTs) was $802,918. By the close of December 2020, four VGT Terminal Operators were operating the maximum permitted five machines at 40 truck stop establishments. These figures represent only 12 days of operation in December 2020 due to statewide COVID-19 restrictions.

Truck Stop VGT adjusted revenue for each of the terminal operators during December 2020 is as follows:

 

VGTs Terminal Operator

Dec VGTs Wagers

Dec VGTs

Payouts

Dec VGTs

Gross Revenue

Marquee by Penn1

$6,611,046

$6,035,928

$575,118

Commonwealth Gaming2

$1,618,756

$1,483,897

$134,859

Second State Gaming3

$633,200

$580,030

$53,170

Jango4

$409,190

$369,419

$39,771

 Statewide Total

$9,272,192

$8,469,273

$802,918

1 operated VGTs in 23 establishments during December

2 operated VGTs in 10 establishments during December

3 operates VGTs in 4 establishments during December

4 operates VGTs in 3 establishments during December

Tax revenue collected from the play of VGTs in December 2020 was $417,518.

 

Fantasy Contests

Fantasy Contests revenue was $3,011,755 in December 2020, a decrease of 12.34% over December 2019, when revenue was $3,435,621.

Fantasy Contests adjusted revenue for each of the operators which had revenue for December 2020 and December 2019 are displayed in the following table:

 

Fantasy Contests Operator

Dec 2020 Fantasy Revenue

Dec 2019 Fantasy Revenue

DraftKings

$1,709,428

$1,695,547

FanDuel

$1,010,415

$1,360,185

JDAD

$224,186

$206,008

Sportshub Technologies

$45,531

$43,348

Yahoo Fantasy Sports

$17,266

$27,345

Full Time Fantasy Sports

$4,928

$11,386

Boom Fantasy

$0

$474

Fantasy Draft

$0

-$2,850

Draft1

$0

$94,179

Statewide Total

$3,011,755

$3,435,621

 

1No longer operating in PA

 

Tax revenue collected from the play of Fantasy Contests in December 2020 was $451,762*.

*All tax revenue figures reflect amount generated prior to any adjustments by the PA Department of Revenue

 

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of gambling legalized under 2004’s Race Horse Development and Gaming Act and the Gaming Expansion Act of 2017. In addition to slot machine and table games gambling at 13 land-based casinos, the expansion includes online casino games available to date on 12 sites; sports wagering offered through sportsbooks at 14 retail locations and through 12 online outlets; video gaming terminals (VGTs) offered as of this date at 41 qualified truck stops; and, fantasy sports contests through eight providers.

The land-based casino industry in Pennsylvania currently consists of six racetrack (Category 1) and four stand-alone (Category 2) casinos in, along with the two resort (Category 3) casinos and one mini-casino (Category 4).  These facilities collectively employ over 16,000 people and, along with other types of Board-regulated gaming, annually generate over $1.5 billion in tax revenue. An additional Category 2 casino, Live! Casino Philadelphia, plans to open this month, while a number of Category 4 casinos are expected to begin operation over the next couple of years.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at https://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov/ . You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.