September Brings Massive Increase Over August in PA Sports Betting

September Brings Massive Increase Over August in PA Sports Betting
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

The Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Eagles are not the only ones having success these days.

PA sportsbooks continued to thrive with a solid September as official monthly figures were announced by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) on Tuesday.

The September total sports betting handle for mobile and retail was more than $645.24 million, a whopping 77.7% increase over August ($363.05 million) and an 11.5% increase over September 2021 ($578.76 million).

For PA mobile betting apps — which make up 92.5% of the sports gambling market in the commonwealth â€” the handle was posted at more than $596.71 million. This was another huge jump (79.1%) from August’s $333.1 million and a solid 13.1% boost from September 2021 ($527.44 million).

September’s gross sports betting revenue (taxable) was $50.22 million, up 47.9% from August ($33.95 million) and up 77.7% from September 2021 ($28.25 million).

It also marked the second-highest revenue ever posted in the Keystone State, with only November 2021 ($63.69 million) topping the list.

State tax revenue generated from sports wagering during September was more than $17.07 million, a nice $5.53 million increase from last month’s $11.54 million.

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Online Gaming Sees More Increases

There also were mild increases for Pennsylvania online casinos.

That number includes both online slots and table games such as blackjack and roulette.

Interactive slots handle for the month was $2.294 billion, up 5.5% from August ($2.174 billion). The interactive slots gross revenue was more than $77.89 million, up a modest 2.9% from August ($75.72 million). 
September’s interactive banking tables handle recorded at $1.992 billion, up a significant 13.5% from August ($1.755 billion). And the interactive banking tables gross revenue was $32.18 million, another solid 12% jump from August ($28.72 million). 
Pennsylvania is one of just a few states with online casinos, joined by neighboring Delaware, New Jersey and West Virginia, as well as Michigan and Connecticut.

Those states, plus Nevada, also have online poker.

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Retail Casino Figures Dip Ever So Slightly

In Pennsylvania’s brick-and-mortar casinos, retail slots had a handle of $2.578 billion, down just 0.8% from August (more than $2.6 billion). And the retail slots gross terminal revenue of just $198.53 million was a dip of 1.4% from last month’s $201.28 million. 
One bright spot: September retail table games gross revenue was $81.62 million, a 4% increase from August ($78.45 million). 
Pennsylvania gaming revenue for September was $448.47 million, a $23.08 million increase from August’s $425.39 million.

Pennsylvania Sports Betting, September vs. August

Total HandleMobile Handle Gross Revenue
September $645.243M $596.715M $50.217M
August $363.047M $333.099M $33.953M
Change Up 77.7% Up 79.1% Up 47.9%

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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 ( 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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