SugarHouse Powers PA Online Sports Betting In First Full Month 

SugarHouse Powers PA Online Sports Betting In First Full Month 

Online sports betting in the Keystone State is officially underway, and the numbers from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board are in for the first full month of action. Mobile sports betting in Pennsylvania officially went live in late May with the launch of SugarHouse Sportsbook Online, followed by two additional sites in June with more expected to join the market shortly. Here's a list of the platforms currently in operation:

  • SugarHouse Sportsbook Online
  • BetRivers Online Sportsbook
  • Parx Online Sportsbook

Several operators in the Keystone State have enjoyed success in the land-based sports wagering space following its November 2018 launch, but the early returns on PA online sports betting show it has the potential to erupt in popularity as it has in places like New Jersey. 

SugarHouse Prospers As PA Sports Betting Online Gets Going

SugarHouse was staked to a head start as it launched by itself in May but was able to take full advantage of the opportunity. Below is a look at the revenue totals registered by each of the sites for the first full month of PA online sports betting:

PA Online Sportsbook

June 2019 Online Sports Betting Handle

June 2019 Online Sports Betting Revenue

SugarHouse Online

$18,170,689 

$1,310,926 

BetRivers Sportsbook

$848,520 

$81,122 

Parx Online Sportsbook

$307,011

$46,645 

Total

$19,326,220 

$1,438,694 


Of the $19.3 million in bets taken, over $18 million were placed on the SugarHouse app, according to the PGCB revenue report, which is impressive considering the summer is the 'slow' time of year. The first month's worth of wagers led to a healthy $1.3 million in revenue, and action is only going to heat up as the 2019 NFL schedule kicks off and football bettors in Pennsylvania flood the site. Even in its infancy, the industry looks to be profitable in Pennsylvania, earning nearly $1.5 million in June 2019 with only one site in operation for the entire month. The over $19 million in total handle far surpasses any monthly total for brick-and-mortar sportsbooks, which topped out with Rivers at $11.9 in March.

SugarHouse appears to be on the right track for a seamless expansion from one of the best NJ sportsbooks around to a multi-state powerhouse. Under Monmouth Park's gaming license in the Garden State, it has contributed to nearly $7.5 million in online sports betting revenue in 2019 alone. SugarHouse Sportsbook Online and Pennsylvania as a whole is unlikely to generate revenues that compete with neighboring New Jersey due to its 34 percent tax rate, but Pennsylvania's debut numbers do show the potential to make a lasting impact and football season in the fall will see to it that revenue continues increasing.

Rivers, SugarHouse Continue Leading Land-Based PA Sports Betting Revenue

There is little doubt that the rapid increase of mobile wagering in Pennsylvania could impact the amount of money pulled in by land-based venues, and the numbers for physical sportsbooks tell that story a little bit. In total, just over $27 million in bets were taken with about $1.69 million in revenue generated in June. Here are a few stats straight from the most recent PGCB revenue report:

  • Rivers Sportsbook led with $6,203,733 in betting handle
  • SugarHouse produced $467,016 in revenue to lead all PA sportsbooks
  • $27,008,024 is the lowest monthly total since December 2018

Luckily for both BetRivers and SugarHouse, the brand shares the success that comes with mobile sports wagering in Pennsylvania and the upcoming fall sports season will also contribute to more money being made by both land-based venues and online platforms. When mobile and land-based numbers are added up, the total betting handle for the Keystone State balloon way over the $200 million mark to a robust $244,766,053.

The sample size is small, but the early results are clear enough. Sports wagering may have been delayed to reach Pennsylvania in comparison to states like New Jersey, but so far it's doing a decent job as it attempts to make up for the lost time.

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