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Pennsylvania Gaming Dashboard – October 2020

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Pennsylvania’s igaming market hit new highs in September for the second consecutive month, with both slots and table games both enjoying record-breaking performances.

iGaming Business and Ficom Leisure are delighted to present the Pennsylvania iGaming Dashboard, providing a monthly breakdown of the latest figures from the Keystone State’s regulated gambling market.

The data is updated monthly following the official release of figures from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. 

Online casino GGR rose to $57.0m last month, a 2% increase on August and almost 14 times the revenue achieved in September of last year, though the market had only been open a couple of months at that point.

It was slots that made up the bulk of this at $39.9m (up slightly on August’s $39.3), but table games that demonstrated the biggest increase. Revenues from table games increased to $14.7m, up 8% from the $13.6m of the previous month.

Table games have been steadily rising in recent months – GGR was $10.0m in June, rising to $11.9m in July and continuing to increase for the past two months.

Unfortunately, poker appears to be travelling in the opposite direction, with revenues steadily falling back after a market high of $5.3m in April. Last month poker’s GGR was just $2.4m.

Rivers Casino continued to lead the igaming market in revenue terms, though its share fell to 28.3% last month, down from 30.6% the previous month.

Its loss was largely DraftKing partnered Penn National’s gain, with its share rising to 25.9% in September, up 22.7% on August’s 21.1%.

On the sports betting front, the state’s licensed operators had a poor month, with revenue of just $6.3m representing a 65.6% fall from that of August.

It was the online channel that was at the root of last month’s issues, with GGR falling to $1.1m, down from $15.4 in August and the lowest monthly total since the regulated market opened, save for the very first month of July 2019.

This revenue reduction came despite the fact that handle hit an all-time high in the state last month.

The disconnect between turnover and revenue at some of the leading operators resulted in big changes to the market positions of betting operators last month.

While FanDuel, which is partnered with Valley Forge Casino, retained its leading position, its share of the market fell to 28.5%, down from 49.8% the previous month.

Long-time rival and frequent challenger for the top spot DraftKings, which has a partnership with Meadows, fell out of the table altogether after making a loss.

Parx and Rivers Casino saw their shares rise last month, with the former’s rising to 22.4%, from 8.6% in August, and the latter’s to 21.3% from 12%.

Retail sportsbooks fared much better than their online peers last month, with GGR rising to $5.1m, an 82.1% rise on August though still 8.9% lower than September last year.

Ficom Leisure also provides monthly figures on New Jersey in the New Jersey iGaming Dashboard, Indiana in the Indiana iGaming Dashboard, and Iowa in the Iowa Gaming Dashboard

It also provides quarterly figures, available via, on the Spanish online market in the Spain iGaming Dashboard, on the Italian market in the Italy iGaming Dashboard, and on the Portuguese market in the Portugal iGaming Dashboard.

A European corporate advisory firm, Ficom Leisure is a specialist in all segments of the betting and gaming sector.