Pennsylvania Sets Online Casino, Sports Betting Records In Big October

Written By Brant James on November 23, 2021

The gambling industry in Pennsylvania can’t stop setting records.

In October, the state set new benchmarks for:

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

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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,,

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