It may have taken some time to get off the ground, but the online gaming industry in Pennsylvania is finally beginning to hit its stride. In July 2021, the burgeoning online casinos in the Keystone State cracked the $100 million mark in revenues. Leading the way were online slots and table games, with online poker once again bringing up the rear.
Penn National Setting the Pace for Casinos, Mount Air for Poker
For the month of July, online casinos in Pennsylvania were able to rake in exactly $104,539,316, with a sizeable chunk of that coming from two operations. Hollywood Penn National, which features a conglomerate that features DraftKings, BetMGM and Barstool Sports, led the way overall by taking in $36.8 million. This gave them a decent lead over their closest competitor, Rivers Philadelphia, who took down the second place slot with their $30,919,663 “win.”
These two operations dominated the remainder of the Pennsylvania market. Between Penn National and Rivers, more than $67.7 million in revenues were taken in. Valley Forge, which offers FanDuel as their sports betting operation, may have the third place slot but it was way behind the top two operations with “only” $15.2 million in revenues (the Valley Forge operation also does not offer online poker). In the fourth place slot in Pennsylvania, using the PokerStars software to earn $7.1 million in revenues across the board.
That totals approximately $90 million of the $104 million taken in during July, meaning the remaining six operations in Pennsylvania only generated about $14 million between each other. Parx, Mohegan Sun Pocono, Harrah’s Philadelphia, Wind Creek, Presque Isle and Live Philadelphia were way behind the top four in the state, with Parx the only one over the $5 million in revenues mark. Live Philadelphia barely cracked the million-dollar mark with its online slots and table games offerings.
Poker Not a Driving Force in Pennsylvania Market
As it has been in every other state that has passed online gaming and poker regulations, poker has pulled up the rear on the revenues for every operation offering it. Of the $36 million that Penn National generated during the month of July, the online poker revenues were a paltry $290,583. The big winner in online poker in Pennsylvania seems to have been Mount Airy, which had PokerStars’ software running under the PokerStars PA banner since their inception. This early start has allowed Mount Airy to be the spot for online poker with $1.9 million in revenues. Overall, however, online poker in the state of Pennsylvania only pulled in about $2.6 million.
Here are the breakdowns for the online gaming numbers in the state of Pennsylvania for the month of July:
1. Hollywood Penn National, $36,873,397 total revenues
2. Rivers Philadelphia, $30,919,663
3. Valley Forge, $15,284,242
4. Mount Airy, $7,178,627
5. Parx, $5,004,888
6. Mohegan Sun Pocono, $2,885,655
7. Harrah’s Philadelphia, $2,091,427
8. Wind Creek, $1,991,196
9. Presque Isle, $1,244,782
10. Live Philadelphia, $1,065,465
Of the online poker operations, it is Mount Airy dominating the field:
1. Mount Airy, $1,979,533 online poker revenues
2. Hollywood Penn National, $290,583
3. Harrah’s Philadelphia, $241,691
4. Rivers Philadelphia, $84,611
No other license holder in the Pennsylvania market has stepped into the online poker battles.