Pa. Sports Betting: Super Bowl Handle Far Exceeds 2021 Number

Pa. Sports Betting: Super Bowl Handle Far Exceeds 2021 Number
By Lou Monaco

No Eagles, no Steelers, no problem.

It didn’t matter to the Pennsylvania sports betting public that it was the Los Angeles Rams facing the Cincinnati Bengals in Sunday’s Super Bowl LVI.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) announced Wednesday preliminary Super Bowl figures that showed $68,044,810 in total handle was wagered in the state through retail and online sportsbooks. That is a 27.5% increase over wagers placed last year ($53.6 million) on the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Online sports betting handle was $61.1 million and retail betting in the state garnered $6.94 million.

Revenue is expected to be $4,575,339 after payouts.

This year, bettors had 18 retail locations and 14 online platforms on which to place a Super Bowl wager. PennStakes.com can tell you about the most updated Pennsylvania sports betting promo codes.

This was the fourth year in which legal sports wagering was available in the Keystone State, but just the third in which online wagering options were available.

Pennsylvania is expected to release its January handle numbers this week. In December, the state had a handle of $750.38 million, which was down slightly from $761.57 million in November.

The Board also said there were 413,000 unique users that logged onto online sports wagering sites in the state last Sunday, based on data from GeoComply, a geolocation technology service.

Last year, the state had 320,000 unique visitors and 200,000 in 2020. These numbers did not include bettors who were wagering or visiting at any of the retail sportsbook locations across the Commonwealth.

More Than $211M combined with N.J.

New Jersey announced its Super Bowl preliminary figures Tuesday, which totaled approximately $143.7 million, with a projected total payout of $135.9 million as reported by Atlantic City casinos and the state’s three racetracks (Freehold Raceway, Meadowlands and Monmouth Park).

Sportsbooks posted a win of $7.8 million.

These figures include the Garden State’s 12 retail sportsbooks and 24 sports wagering mobile applications.

New York is expected to announce their preliminary Super Bowl figures Friday.

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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 (NJ.com) 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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