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Pennsylvania Sportsbooks Surpass $2 Billion in Lifetime Bets, But Cancellations Weigh on Future, According to PLAYPENNSYLVANIA

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A busy February pushed Pennsylvania’s retail and online sportsbooks past $2 billion in wagers since the industry was launched. But with every major U.S. sport suspended indefinitely, the immediate future for Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks and online casinos is far less certain, according to analysts from PlayPennsylvania.

“The next few months are impossible to predict until we get a better handle on how long the coronavirus will affect, not just sports and the gaming industry, but all of daily life,” said Dustin Gouker, lead analyst for PlayPennsylvania.com. “The immediate outlook of sportsbooks is secondary right now. But there is little doubt that the industry will be affected significantly, at least in the short-term.”

Pennsylvania’s sportsbooks produced $329.8 million in wagers, just short of the $348.4 million record set in January, according to official data released Wednesday. Pennsylvania has now collected $2.1 billion in online and retail wagers since the state’s industry was born in January 2019. By doing so, the Keystone State joined Nevada and New Jersey as the only states to have crossed the $2 billion threshold.

February’s handle produced $4.7 million in gross revenue, down from January’s record $31.6 million. Sportsbooks rebounded from a $3.3 million loss on the Super Bowl, which generated $30.7 million in bets. The revenue resulted in a $1.6 million injection into state coffers. Online betting produced $294.1 million, or 89.2%, of the state’s February handle. The online handle generated $4.7 million in gross revenue, providing all of the state’s taxable revenue.

That revenue will be difficult to replace over the next few weeks.

“Revenue from online casinos should help fill in the gaps, at least in part, while sportsbooks and land-based casinos feel the impact from COVID-19,” Gouker said. “In New Jersey, online casino revenue already tops $50 million per month, and revenue could really leap forward in Pennsylvania, too. But it will be impossible to completely replace all the revenue lost from the sports world going dark.”

FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino dominated the online market with $138.5 million in February bets, down from $153.1 million in January. That yielded $146,080 in taxable revenue.

Rivers-Philadelphia’s $7.2 million handle, down from $7.4 million in January, led the retail market. That yielded $383,793 in revenue, down from $1.1.

“After a slow start, Pennsylvania sportsbooks have continually matured into the market that we all thought it would be when the state first legalized sports betting,” Gouker said. “The state has only begun to scratch the surface of its potential. In fact, Pennsylvania was on track to reach $4 billion in lifetime handle by the beginning of the NFL season. But it would take a quick recovery from the coronavirus outbreak to reach that milestone now.”

Online casinos

Pennsylvania’s online casinos and poker rooms generated a record $19.5 million in February gross revenue, up from $14 million in January. Casinos and poker generated $672,097 per day in the 29 days of February. February yielded $4.7 million in tax revenue for the state, and online casino games attracted $547.6 million in bets.

“Online casinos have dealt with headwinds that have been more forceful than anything that New Jersey operators have had to face,” Gouker said. “These are mostly just growing pains, and it is a near-certainty that online casinos will take off.”

For more, www.playpennsylvania.com/revenue.

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Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Chairman Rejects Governor’s Offer

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Matthew Morgan, chairman of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, has rejected Gov. Kevin Stitt’s latest casino gambling offer and accused the governor of attempting to take advantage of the tribes during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Morgan termed the governor’s offer as “yet another unsuccessful attempt to divide the tribes.”

“The letter confirms the real intent of Governor Stitt is to destroy the tribal interest outlined in the existing compacts. The tribal leaders who received the letter reject the proposal as disrespectful and disingenuous,” Morgan said.

Steve Mullins, one of Stitt’s outside attorneys, wrote in a letter to the tribal leaders that the Corona pandemic has changed the landscape for tribal and non-tribal governments.

“Now more than ever is the time for us to stand together,” Mullins wrote.

Included with the letter is the proposed new compact, which would require tribes to pay a flat 5% fee on gambling revenue and authorise both the tribe and the state to offer sports gambling, Morgan said.

The compact would also vest more power with the state to interfere in tribal casino operations, such as approval of casino vendors and installation of a minimum number of electronic machines in casino floor.

“This compact is a huge power grab for his office,” Morgan said.

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PlaySugarHouse.com Brings Joy To A Pennsylvania Man Who Hit The Divine Fortune Mega Jackpot At Home For More Than $159,000

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PlaySugarHouse.com is once again bringing a little positivity during these difficult times to a West Chester, PA man who hit the Divine Fortune jackpot on Sunday night. Anthony, who asked that we not share his last name, hit the jackpot for a total winning of $159,052.43. This is the third time the Divine Fortune jackpot was hit at PlaySugarHouse.com since the closure of all land-based casinos in the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The first time was in New Jersey on March 15th and the second time was in Pennsylvania on March 20th, both for over $278,000.

Anthony was at home with his family when he won. “I still feel like I’m in a dream,” the 55-year-old commercial painter said. “I was definitely not expecting it, and I had to ask myself if I really hit the jackpot.”

While he doesn’t have any set plans for his winnings, Anthony expressed that he would like to put aside some money for retirement.

“It’s exciting to be able to provide a chance for our players to win life changing jackpots on an outlet that doesn’t require them to leave home,” said Mattias Stetz, C.O.O. of Rush Street Interactive, which operates PlaySugarHouse.com and BetRivers.com.  “This win made a huge positive impact during this very trying period of time.”

With all land-based casinos in New Jersey and Pennsylvania closed, PlaySugarHouse.com has seen an increase in online casino play over the past couple of weeks.

This is the fourteenth Divine Fortune jackpot at PlaySugarHouse.com in Pennsylvania since its launch last summer.

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Barona Resort & Casino Extends its Closure

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The Barona Band of Mission Indians has extended the closure of Barona Resort & Casino to April 19 in response to the ongoing concerns about COVID-19. All staff members will continue to receive pay and benefits during this time.

“Barona’s Tribal leaders will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation on a daily basis as the health and safety of our staff, players and community is our top priority. We anxiously await the day we can welcome our staff and players back home to Barona. For now, we hope to be able to re-open on Monday, April 20. We thank the entire Barona family, including our 3,100 Barona staff members and all of our players for their support and patience during this difficult time,” the Barona Band of Mission Indians said.

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