Pennsylvania sports betting sees $32M in second full month
Gamblers place bets in the temporary sports betting area at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. A year-old state law allows owners of Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos to pay a $10 million fee to operate sports betting. The U.S. Supreme Court in May cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
(Harrisburg) — The second full month of legal sports betting in Pennsylvania saw gamblers double the amount they wagered.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said gamblers bet $32 million in January at five casinos and one off-track betting parlor where it approved sports betting.
SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia led the way with $10.8 million in bets, trailed closely by Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh with $9.5 million in bets. Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County took in $4.8 million.
The casinos made $2.6 million, while $940,000 went to taxes.
For comparison, New Jersey’s casino and racetrack-based sports books took in $385 million worth of bets in January.
A 2017 state law allows owners of Pennsylvania’s 12 casinos to pay a $10 million fee to operate sports betting. States are increasingly legalizing sports betting after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way last May.