PA Gambling Sets Record in March, Exceeds $500M Revenue For First Time

PA Gambling Sets Record in March, Exceeds $500M Revenue For First Time
Fact Checked by Jim Tomlin

Pennsylvania gambling revenue set an all-time record in March exceeding the half-billion-dollar mark for the first time in the commonwealth’s gambling history.

The combined revenue for legalized gambling was almost $515.28 million in March. That total was an increase of 12.8% from February ($456.84 million), and it was the first time the monthly gambling revenue total went over a half-billion dollars since legalized gambling began in the commonwealth in 2006.

Those revenue numbers cover traditional casino gambling, PA online casino gambling, retail and online sports gambling, in-person and online poker, video gambling terminals at truck stops and fantasy sports. 

The commonwealth also has other forms of gambling, such as horse racing and lottery. But financial figures from those activities are not included in the record-setting $515.28 million reported by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

Noteworthy is that of the March revenue total, almost 29% came from Pennsylvania mobile gambling apps, which include iCasino, mobile sports wagering, and internet poker.

Two other records fell last month. The interactive slots gross revenue was $104,827,884, breaking the mark of $92.83 million set in February. And iGaming tables revenue was $40,471,434, just beating out the record of $40.36 million from December 2022.

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Hollywood Casino at Penn National Tops Charts

The top casino in revenue was Hollywood Casino at Penn National with almost $81 million. Of that, $62.3 million was in iCasino ($43.86 million PA online slots, $18 million online table games and the rest in internet poker) at the facility in Grantville, about 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Parx was the top operator for slots with $35.1 million in revenue. 

Wind Creek Bethlehem was the leader in retail table game revenue with $20 million. 

Valley Forge Casino, which is partnered with FanDuel Sportsbook PA, was the sports wagering leader with $23.88 million in revenue, retail and online combined.

Looking at pure handle numbers, the March interactive slots handle was $3 billion, up 13.8% from February ($2.65 billion). March retail slots handle was $2.87 billion, up 11.1% from February ($2.5 billion).

March interactive banking tables handle was $2.48 billion, up 0.3% from February ($2.47 billion).

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Pennsylvania Sportsbooks Also See Handle Rise

As for Pennsylvania sports betting, that handle was $723.546 million last month, a 20.7% from February, when it was just short of $600 million. Of that, 92.2% was wagered online. The taxable gross sports betting revenue rose 17.2%, from $43.23 million in February to $50.645 million last month.



A longtime reporter and editor who began writing on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened, Bill covered the world Series of Poker and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for a decade.

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