Pennsylvania sports betting flattens in third full month
Ryan Marton, right, looks over his wager as he joins in with the first group of patrons to Rivers Casino to bet on sports as the new, temporary sports betting area opens on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
(Harrisburg) — The third full month of legal sports betting in Pennsylvania saw gambling flatten.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said gamblers bet $31.5 million in February at five casinos and one off-track betting parlor where it approved sports betting. That was slightly lower than $32 million in January, which had three more days in it.
Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh led the way with $8.1 million in bets, trailed closely by SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia with $7.1 million in bets. The casinos made nearly $2 million, while $700,000 went to taxes.
For comparison, New Jersey’s casino and racetrack-based sports books took in $320 million worth of bets in February, down from $385 million in January.
States are increasingly legalizing sports betting after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way last May.