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Pennsylvania Sets Online Casino, Sports Betting Records In Big October

Written By Brant James | Updated:
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The gambling industry in Pennsylvania can’t stop setting records.

In October, the state set new benchmarks for:

  • PA Sports betting handle – $776.3 million
  • PA Online casino revenue – $102.9 million.
  • PA Casino revenue – $425.9 million.

That last figure shattered the previous mark – set in July – by more than $2 million.

The sports betting handle demolished the previous record of $615.3 million from January, according to data provided by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.

The Pennsylvania iGaming revenue was closer, just more than the May record of $101.3 million. But it counts. It was also a 33% jump from the same month a year ago.

PA online poker produced its third-highest revenue month of 2021.


RELATED: PlayUSA Sports Betting and Online Casino Revenue Tracker

Pennsylvania gambling just keeps getting better

The record numbers were quite a way to celebrate the third anniversary of legal PA sports betting. For sports betting alone, Pennsylvania has now generated more than $10 billion in all-time handle. The handle was down slightly from the previous month, however.

Pennsylvania and New Jersey are the only states to generate a $1 billion in sports betting revenue over a calendar year, according to PlayPennsylvania.

All told, $714.1 million of the sports bets in Pennsylvania in October were made online.

Revenue from online poker dropped 2.4% from September, according to information from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, but revenue increased 17.8% from the same period last year.

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Brant James is a veteran journalist who has twice been recognized in the Associated Press Sports Editors Awards, most recently in 2020. He's covered motorsports, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball among a myriad of others beats and written enterprise and sports business for publications including USA TODAY, ESPN.com, SI.com.

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