Key Takeaways from PA’s September Sports Betting Report

Key Takeaways from PA’s September Sports Betting Report

A day after its neighbor released historic betting numbers, Pennsylvania sports betting figures for September were released by the state on Tuesday.

Here are three takeaways from the Pennsylvania sports betting figures:

Not Jersey, But Impressive Overall

The Keystone State’s total sports betting handle was $578.8 million, an impressive 66.1% increase from $348.52 million in August and up 25.1% from September 2020’s $462.78 million.

September’s number ranks second among states in figures released this month. And since May 2018, when sports betting was legalized, Pennsylvania is third in total handle at $9.35 billion after New Jersey and Nevada.

On Monday, New Jersey was the first state to top $1 billion in total sports handle in a single month: $1,011,114,311, up 52.1% over August's $664.7 million.

New Jersey’s previous record was $996.3 million in December 2020. For context, Nevada’s highest handle of $659.2 million came in October 2020.

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PA Sports Betting, September vs. August

Total HandleMobile Handle Gross Revenue
September$578.761M $527.438M $28.254M
Change Up 66.1% Up 65.8% Up 56.9%

Mobile Continues To Flourish

PA online gambling figures from the August Pennsylvania report indicated sports bettors going online to make their bets to the tune of a $527.43 million handle, up 65.8% from August’s $318.13 million. Online was 91.1% of the market.

Even with the mediocre starts of the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers, everyone knew how much of a difference NFL betting made and Pennsylvania’s number for the month is more proof.

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Fall Success Should Continue

The state raked in $28.25 million in taxable gross sports betting revenue, up a substantial 56.9% from August’s $18 million.

Handle and revenue should provide similar numbers the rest of the year as NFL and college football seasons continue and with NBA and NHL starting their regular seasons this month.



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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