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Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Reports January Sports Wagering Revenue

George Miller



Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Reports March Fantasy Contests Revenue
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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board posted on its web site January’s Sports Wagering Report.

The report encompasses the full month returns from:

  • Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin
  • SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia
  • Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh

Partial month returns are from

  • Parx Casino in Bucks County which began operations on Thursday, January 10, 2019;
  • Parx South Philadelphia Turf Club in Philadelphia which began operations on Thursday, January 17, 2019; and,
  • Harrah’s Philadelphia in Delaware County which began operations on Thursday, January 24, 2019.

The monthly report, which will include additional facilities as they launch sportsbooks, provides a breakdown of the total handle collected, gross revenue, and taxes paid to the Commonwealth.





SugarHouse Casino




Rivers Casino




Parx Casino*




Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course




Parx South Philadelphia Turf Club*




Harrah’s Philadelphia*




Statewide Total




*includes revenue generated during two-day test periods prior to commencing regular operations.

Here is the breakdown of the tax revenue generated:

  • State Tax (34% of adjusted gross revenue): $886,453
  • Local Share Assessment (2% of adjusted gross revenue): $52,144


About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry, including sports wagering offered currently at six locations. The oversight also includes other new gaming initiatives, expected to be launched in the coming months, which were created through Act 42 of 2017, an amendment to the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act.

The Commonwealth’s casino industry currently consists of 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ nearly 17,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to Pennsylvania homeowners.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

Source: Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

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Galaxy Gaming Agrees to Purchase Progressive Games Partners Deal Gives Galaxy Direct Control over iGaming Activities

George Miller



Galaxy Gaming Agrees to Purchase Progressive Games Partners Deal Gives Galaxy Direct Control over iGaming Activities
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Galaxy Gaming, Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the equity interests in Progressive Games Partners LLC. PGP owns the exclusive worldwide online rights to a comprehensive suite of proprietary casino table games. Since signing its first license agreement with Cryptologic in 2003, PGP has developed close working relationships with the leading online operators and platform providers across the western world. An integral part of PGP’s success has been founded upon its exclusive online distribution rights for Galaxy’s gaming content, as well as other world-renowned games such as Perfect Pairs and Caribbean Stud Poker through its other licensors.

Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, Galaxy will pay $12.425 million to acquire all of the equity interests in PGP. Of the consideration, at least $6.425 million but no more than $10.425 million will be paid in cash; any amounts not paid in cash will be paid in newly issued shares of Galaxy’s common stock valued at $1.91 per share.

Galaxy expects that the acquisition of PGP will be accretive to earnings per share upon closing.

This transaction will enable Galaxy to more efficiently and effectively exploit the opportunity provided by the rapidly expanding online casino market in the US by both building on our many close relationships with casino groups who are expanding their sphere of operations online, and by gaining exposure to new markets and opportunities through our newly acquired online clientele.

Completion of the transaction is subject to certain conditions, including regulatory approvals.

Executive Comments:

“We see online gaming as a key development and expansion area for our business and believe that our great table games will be received well as more and more markets open iGaming,” said Todd Cravens, Galaxy’s President and CEO. “This transaction positions us in several ways to control our own destiny in online gaming. First, we get direct relationships with the major online players. Second, we get full control of how our own content – and the content we get from others – is licensed to those operators. And we are taking all these steps as online gaming is expanding across the United States. We’re excited to by this opportunity and challenge.”

“Galaxy’s games have been our most important revenue producers,” stated Chris Reynolds, PGP’s CEO. “I have no doubt that those games will continue to enjoy great popularity and success in the regulated online gaming markets, and we are already developing our strategy and relationships to ensure that they will be well positioned to participate in the expanding US market. I look forward to working with Todd and the Galaxy team to continue as one entity the success we have had separately.”

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William Hill Secures Market Access in Michigan Through Partnership with GTB

Niji Narayan



William Hill Secures Market Access in Michigan Through Partnership with GTB
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Sports betting company William Hill has partnered with the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (GTB) and secured market access in Michigan.

William Hill will be GTB’s exclusive provider of online sports betting and online casino gaming throughout Michigan, with plans to open retail William Hill Sports Book at Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel this year.

The William Hill Sports Book will be located in the current Onyx Sports Bar at Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, with a satellite location at Leelanau Sands Casino. Both are expected to open prior to the 2020 football season, pending regulatory approvals. William Hill plans to launch Online Casino Gaming and Online Sports Betting when permitted under Michigan regulations.

“We are pleased to have found a great partner in the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and look forward to working with the Tribe to bring a leading retail and online sports betting experience to sports fans in Michigan,” Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US, said.

“Michigan will be a key state in William Hill’s U.S. expansion due to its large population and deep rooted-sports culture with so many popular college and pro sports teams,” Joe Asher added.

“It was important for us to find a partner with a great sports betting and gaming brand that has proven experience throughout the US market. William Hill’s expertise in sports betting operations and marketing and strategic media partnerships will ensure that we are able to attract customers from throughout the State of Michigan to the online products while offering another great amenity to attract guests to our casinos. We look forward to working with William Hill to develop the best sports book in northern Michigan at Turtle Creek Casino,” Michael Schrader, CEO of Grand Traverse Resort & Casinos, said.

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Study Reveals New York is Losing $200+ Million by Not Legalising Online Sports Betting

Niji Narayan



Study Reveals New York is Losing $200+ Million by Not Legalising Online Sports Betting
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A recent study released by the market research firm Eilers & Krejcik in February 2020 has estimated that New York is losing $200+ million in revenue by not legalising online sports betting. As per the study, the estimated range of money being left on the table by New York is between $203 million and $286 million.

The research firm, in a report commissioned by New Jersey sports betting market-leaders FanDuel and DraftKings, proposes three scenarios of taxation using a projected amount of sports book licenses, from 7 to 10, being charged licensing fees of $12 million a year.

The projections are being put forth as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget discussions that seek to address a $6 billion budget deficit in the Empire State do not highlight the legalisation of online sports gambling as a remedy.

“This is not the time to come up with creative although irresponsible revenue sources to solve a problem which doesn’t really exist,” Cuomo said.

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo, the most staunch proponent of sports gambling in the state, told The Action Network that if online sports gambling is not in the state budget by the time it is resolved on April 1, it will likely not be approved until 2021.

Addabbo’s strategy is to get Cuomo’s attention by showing how much money New York has lost to neighbouring New Jersey. The Garden State pulled in $4.6 billion in bets in 2019, 85% of Nevada’s handle, making Jersey the second-most valuable sports gambling state in the nation.

Eilers & Krejcik estimates that New Yorkers bet $837 million on sports in New Jersey. When subtracting the payouts for wins using a conservative hold percentage, it is an estimated $57.1 million in revenue for the operators and $6.2 million in tax revenue lost by New York to New Jersey.

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