Round the Clock Gambling Comes to PA

Pennsylvania has confirmed that two land-casinos were given the green light to operate online gambling sites around the clock. The Pennsylvania Gaming Commission said that both Parx Casino in Hershey and Penn National’s Hollywood Casino successfully passed their test-periods. They can now offer 24/7 digital gambling – only the fourth state to allow this after Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey.

The state recently published its fiscal year revenue reports (up to June 30th, 2019) where it was shown that Pennsylvania is the second-largest gambling market (after Nevada) in the United States.  Pennsylvania tipped the scales with just over $3.3 billion in gaming revenue last fiscal year – setting a new record.

Since Pennsylvania expanded its gambling industry in 2017 through new laws, two of the many planned expansions have gone live – Daily Fantasy Sports and Sports Betting.  These two contributed an impressive $45 million to last year’s overall gambling revenue.

Pennsylvania Table Games

There was a decrease of just over 1% in table game revenues overall in Pennsylvania last year. Six of the state’s casinos showed an increase in table game revenue, while six saw a decline.

Rivers Casino saw the highest increase with 9.31%. Other casinos who did well included: SugarHouse Casino, Presque Isle Downs and Casino, Parx Casino, Valley Forge Casino Resort and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.

There was no luck for Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin which saw a 30.59% drop in table game performance last year. Wind Creek Bethlehem, Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack, Mount Airy Casino Resort, the Meadows Casino and Mohegan Sun Pocono all saw a drop in table revenue of between 3.27 and 19.22%.

Pennsylvania Slot Games

Similar to the table revenue trend, six casinos saw their slots revenues rise while six saw declines.  The casino with the largest increase was Valley Forge, which did very well in the slots realm with an increase of 12% in revenue.

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