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Pennsylvania reports total revenue up 4.5% in 2019

17 Jan 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Figures released today by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board shows total gaming and fantasy contests revenue generated in the Commonwealth during calendar year 2019 was 4.5% above revenue generated in calendar year 2018.

Sources of gaming revenue regulated by the Board include slot machines, table games, internet gaming, retail and internet sports wagering, fantasy contests and video gaming terminals. The Board has posted separate reports for these types of gaming on its website.

The following chart compiles all revenue generated in calendar year 2019 by casinos along with fantasy contests and video gaming terminals operated by other vendors, and includes a comparison to total revenue generated in calendar year 2018.

Total tax revenue generated collectively through all forms of gaming and fantasy contests was $1,415,879,539* during 2019 compared to $1,380,456,782 in 2018.

Slot Machine Revenue

Calendar year 2019 gross revenue from slot machines at the 12 casinos was $2,363,085,678, a decrease of less than one-half of one percent in revenue when compared to the $2,369,885,203 generated in calendar year 2018.

Tax revenue from the play of slots machines in 2019 was $1,221,942,623.

Table Games Revenue

Table games revenue reached an all-time high during calendar year 2019 totaling 903,594,181. It was the first year in which table games revenue topped $900 million and was an increase of 2.8% over calendar year 2018 when revenue was $878,796,174.
Total tax revenue from table games play during calendar year 2019 was $145,238,459*.

Internet Casino-Type Gaming Revenue

Casino games offered online generated gross revenue of $33,599,749 and tax revenue of $13,325,610* during calendar year 2019. Internet casino-type games were first launched in July 2019.

Sports Wagering Revenue

Calendar year 2019 represented the first full year of sports wagering in the Commonwealth. The handle from both retail and online outlets totaled $1,490,167,110 and resulted in revenue of $84,112,967. Taxes derived from sports wagering in 2019 was $30,280,668.

Video Gaming Terminals

The first video gaming terminal (VGTs) at a Commonwealth truck stop was launched in August of this year. At the close of the year there were 20 establishments offering VGT gaming and operating a total of 100 machines. In 2019, revenue from VGT gaming was $2,329,540 producing tax revenue of $1,211,361*.

Fantasy Contests

Fantasy Contests revenue for calendar year 2019 was $25,872,124, an increase of 70% over calendar year 2018 when revenue was $15,309,615.
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