Residents of the US state of Pennsylvania were unable to visit the state’s casinos or video gaming venues for the second half of December, but it seems that this did not prevent them from gambling.
Figures for December casino gaming in the state were released by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board last week and they show that Pennsylvanians took their gambling online following the decision of Gov. Tom Wolf to close all of the casinos in the state for a period that ran from December 12 to January 4, while the Rivers Casino Philadelphia was shut down for the whole of December.
Pennsylvania’s gambling sector figures hit a new monthly record of revenue produced by online gaming during the period. Year on year internet slot revenue showed a huge 730% rise to $46,246,757, while online table games revenue spiked by 776.91% to $22,632,774.
The state also reached a fresh monthly record in sports wagering, recording a $34,059,539 figure, representing a 199.44% increase on the same period last year.
Yet despite the internet gaming records, it seems that Pennsylvanians still prefer to attend casinos in person. The combined revenue produced by all forms of gaming during the month was $168,739,237, which still represents a fall of 42.19% in comparison with the same month last year. Not surprisingly, it was the retail slots numbers that caused the drop in overall figures. Year-over-year revenue from retail slots fell 77.49% with $42,197,822 the final figure.
All of the casinos in Pennsylvania recorded a decrease in revenue on the year on year basis, with the exception of two. Rivers Casino Pittsburgh saw a fall of 79.06% while Wind Creek Bethlehem recorded a 78.86% fall and Harrah’s Philadelphia’s numbers fell by 63.77%. But two venues were able to buck the trend. Valley Forge Casino Resort showed a 30.27 % rise in revenue, while Hollywood Casino at Penn National recorded a 105.19% increase.
Hollywood Casino led the way for all casinos in online gaming revenue in December. They also dominated the online sports wagering segment with revenue of $13,932,121. Their numbers include revenue from online sites HollywoodCasino.com, DraftKings.com and BetMGM.