Pennsylvania Sports Betting Surges as Handle Tops $300M in November


Sports betting in Pennsylvania continued its ascent as the state’s sportsbooks took in nearly $316.5 million in wagers for November. According to an announcement Tuesday from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, it marked a 31 percent increase in activity from October.

While FanDuel has a retail sportsbook at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, it handles the vast majority of its sports bets in Pennsylvania through its mobile application. (Image: BusinessWire)

While the handle jumped sharply for the sixth consecutive month, revenues continued to plateau. The books reported $14.7 million in adjusted gross revenue (AGR), down about $230,000 from October. September’s AGR also totaled $14.9 million.

As the PGCB notes, the AGR only reflects bets that were cashed out during the month. So, futures betting on such an event as the Super Bowl is reflected in November’s handle but the revenues from it will not be reported until February.

At 36 percent of AGR, Pennsylvania has the highest tax rate of any sports betting state. However, thanks largely to the expansion of online sports betting there, the Keystone State still has positioned itself as the No. 3 market behind only New Jersey and Nevada.

In November, the sports betting tax generated nearly $5.3 million, with $5 million going to the state coffers.

Mobile Sports Betting Dominates in Pennsylvania

Online bets accounted for 84.3 percent of all sports wagers placed in Pennsylvania in November, totaling $266.7 million. It’s the third straight month the online share has topped 80 percent.

FanDuel remains the top sportsbook in the state. While it has a retail sportsbook at the Valley Forge Casino in suburban Philadelphia, the mobile app processed $149.7 million of the book’s $153 million bets for November. The online app posted $5.6 million in AGR for the month.

Rivers Casino Philadelphia, formerly known as SugarHouse, handled $32.4 million of its $41.3 million in bets online. The Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh took in $30.6 million of its $39.5 million online. Combined, the Rivers sports betting apps reported an AGR of nearly $2.5 million

DraftKings launched its online sports betting app in the state on Nov. 7 through a partnership with The Meadows Casino in North Strabane Township. In just over three weeks, the app handled $16.2 million in bets. DraftKings reported an AGR of nearly $1.1 million.

Unibet also launched its online sportsbook in partnership with the Mohegan Sun Pocono racino. It reported a handle of $1.9 million. However, due to more than $73,000 in promotional credits, the app reported a loss of more than $46,000.

In its second full month of operation, FOX Bet reported a handle of $13.5 million with slightly more than $1 million in AGR.

BetAmerica Set to Launch Online

Online sports betting should continue to grow in December as another mobile app is ready to launch.

BetAmerica, the sportsbook owned by Churchill Downs Inc., will complete its three-day testing period on Wednesday, PGCB Communications Director Doug Harbach told While the state allows online casino gaming, Harbach said BetAmerica’s launch right now is just tied to sports betting.

The sportsbook opened a brick-and-mortar sportsbook at Presque Isle Downs, a Churchill Downs racetrack located in Erie, in August.



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