Pennsylvania Sports Betting Handle Soars to $316.5m

  • Increase for sixth consecutive month takes handle to $316.5m
  • Online sports betting equates to 84.3% of the total
  • FanDuel share continues to grow, accounting for most of the online handle


Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Pennsylvania saw its sports betting handle jump to $316.5m in November, with online bets accounting for 84.3% of the total. [Image:]

Increase for sixth month in a row

The latest news from Pennsylvania’s sports betting market shows that the state’s handle jumped again for the sixth consecutive month to $316.5m.

Pennsylvania legalized sports betting back in November 2018, but it was the implementation of mobile sports betting in the summer that has resulted in a huge jump in numbers.

overall sports betting activity increased 31.2% compared to October

According to figures released in the latest state report covering November, overall sports betting activity increased 31.2% compared to October. The state’s sportsbooks reported $14.7m in adjusted gross revenue (AGR), which represents a decrease of $230,000 from October.

Online for the win

Online sports betting in PA accounted for $266.7m, which represents 84.3% of November’s handle. That’s up slightly from 82.4% in October. It’s the third straight month the online share has topped 80% and that’s mainly due to the success of fantasy sports.

For instance, FanDuel was up 31.4% to $149.7m in online bets since October, which makes for 56.1% of the online handle. This accounts to a 47.3% share of Pennsylvania’s total handle.

FanDuel’s sportsbook was recently chosen as the betting operator for Cordish Companies’ Live! Casino and Hotel, which can be found in the district of Philadelphia’s Stadium.

FanDuel will be hoping to emulate the success of DraftKings Sportsbook, which took $16.2m in bets when it launched early November with Penn National’s Meadows Racetrack & Casino.

Numbers look good

Another November launch saw Kindred’s Unibet brand get off the ground. Unibet joined forces with Mohegan Sun Pocono to accept wagers totaling $1.9m in its first month.

Overall, growth continued to stay healthy among casinos in the state as they all saw their betting handle increase in November compared to October. The only exception was Boy’s Valley Forge. It announced a 21% slip, taking home a retail handle of just $3.2m.

Unibet joined forces with Mohegan Sun Pocono to accept wagers totaling $1.9m

Other top brands operating in the state include BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse, which are operated by Rush Street and Kambi respectively. They both reported an online handle of $63m, with Greenwood Gaming‘s Parx coming in third place with $22.4m.

FOX Bet, operating through Mount Airy, also had a big win in Pennsylvania, thanks to the launch of their online poker offering through The Stars Group. The new online PokerStar’s games launched in early November and contributed to a $13.5m online handle, up 72.2% since October.

High tax rate

As for land-based casinos, Rivers Philadelphia and Rivers Pittsburgh also did well, bringing in $17.7m combined.

With Pennsylvania requesting the highest tax rate of any other sports betting state at 36% of adjusted gross revenue (AGR), it’s expected that officials will be more than happy with these results.

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