In January, the state of Pennsylvania wagered just over $32m on sporting events.
According to figures released by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) sportsbooks in the state generated just over $2.6m on those bets. This is a very small increase compared to December’s sports betting figures.
The figures show that the sportsbook at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia was the most popular among bettors, taking $10.7m in wagers. Although this was the most popular sportsbook, the venue only held onto $103,523.
Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh proved to be another popular venue for sports betting in Pennsylvania. The venue took $9.5m in bets and generated $853,316 in revenue.
Parx Casino reported strong figures considering that the casino launched its sportsbook halfway through the month. Over $5.3m was bet on sports at Parx, out of this the casino held onto $1.1m.
The Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course accepted $4.8m in sports bets and held onto $284,624.
The South Philadelphia Turf Club took $858,130 in bets and held on to just $91,835.
Harrah’s Philadelphia took $615,704 in bets, the lowest sports betting handle reported in the state. In terms of sports betting revenue, Harrah’s held on to $103,569.
It’s worth mentioning that Parx Casino, the South Philadelphia Turf Club and Rivers Casino launched sports betting operations part way through January and that a full month of sports betting at these venues could look different.
In terms of taxation, the state received a total of $938,597 in revenue.
Once the state decides to go ahead with mobile and online sports betting it is likely that we will see a massive increase in the amount wagered on sports.
Online and mobile sports betting is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to bet on sports in the US.
For an in-depth look at each state’s sports betting statistics check out our stats page.