Pennsylvania set another annual record for gambling revenue in the era of online gambling and sports betting, state regulators said, reporting that casinos and other operators won more than $4.7 billion from gamblers in calendar year 2021 in one of the nation’s largest commercial casino states.
The rebound continues after pandemic-related shutdowns sapped casino revenue in 2020.
The more than $4.7 billion came from 16 operating casinos, including three new mini-casinos in 2021, as well as fantasy sports operators and truck stops, according to figures released Thursday by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
That beat the $3.9 billion recorded in fiscal year 2021, as well as the previous calendar year high of $3.4 billion, two years ago.
Revenue in casinos from slot machines continued to slide, dipping below $2.3 billion in 2021. But revenue from table games hit a new calendar-year high of $925 million.
Online gambling, in just its third year, doubled its revenue from 2020 to pass $1.1 billion, while sports betting also continued to grow in just its fourth year, totaling $340 million in revenue.
Pennsylvania legalized both sports betting and online gambling as part of an aggressive gambling expansion in 2017.
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Gambling revenue also benefited from the opening of three new casinos, Live! Casino Philadelphia, Hollywood Casino York and Hollywood Casino Morgantown.
Pennsylvania has been neck-and-neck with New Jersey for No. 2 in gambling revenue behind Nevada.