After Record Month, PA Casino Handle Cools Down

After Record Month, PA Casino Handle Cools Down
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Coming off an all-time revenue record in March, April marked a dose of reality for all Pennsylvania online casinos and sports betting.

Last month the Commonwealth exceeded the half-billion-dollar mark for the first time since legalized gambling began in the state in 2006.

Both gaming handle and revenue came way down in April as official monthly figures were released Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB).

Total gaming revenue generated more than $476.72M, down 7.5% from March ($515.28M). Table games gross revenue also took a dip to $84.37M, down 1.8% from March ($85.88M).

Revenue numbers cover traditional casino gambling, online casino gambling, retail/online sports gambling, in-person and online poker, video gambling terminals at truck stops and fantasy sports. Horse racing and lottery operations are also conducted in the state but are not part of the monthly report.

Interactive PA online slots handle for the month registered more than $2.765 billion, down 8.4% from March ($3.018 billion). Interactive slots gross revenue recorded more than $95.63M, down 8.8% from March ($104.82M).

Retail slots handle posted more than $2.739 billion, down 4.6% from March ($2.871 billion) and retail slots gross terminal revenue came in at $213M, down 5.5%.

Interactive banking tables handle was $2.26 billion, down 8.9% from March ($2.482 billion). Its gross revenue posted at more than $38.87M, down 4.0% ($40.47M).

The top five revenue generators for the state in April:

  1. Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course: $74.43M
  2. Valley Forge Casino Resort: $63.87M
  3. Parx Casino (Bensalem): $55.26M
  4. Wind Creek Bethlehem: $47.7M
  5. Rivers Casino Philadelphia: $45.93M
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Sports Betting Decreases

With the sure-fire drive of March Madness gone, Pennsylvania sports betting went down in April.

April as total sports betting handle (retail, mobile) posted more than $572.15 million, 20.9% lower from March’s outstanding $723.54M and down a smidge of 0.1% from April 2022 ($572.81M).



Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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