Pennsylvania Sports Betting Sees $32M In Second Full Month

Feb 19, 2019

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. 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.