While casinos lost revenue after shutting down in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, internet gaming revenue in Pennsylvania has more than doubled since, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board announced Tuesday.
Since land-based gaming options were unavailable in May, Pennsylvania operators continued to see substantial increases in activity through online options for casino type games.
The Gaming Control Board said May revenue for online casino-type games, which include slot machines, table games and poker, jumped 30% from April.
Online casino-type revenue amounted to more than
$55.8 million in May, more than double the revenue generated from those games in March when revenue stood at nearly
Three of the state’s 12 casinos — Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Meadows Casino in Washington County and Lady Luck Casino at Nemacolin — have reopened so far.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course reopens Friday and Mohegan Sun Pocono in Plains Twp. announced it reopens 10 a.m. Monday.
Mount Airy Casino Resort also has the green light to reopen with Monroe County set to go green this Friday but as of Tuesday, the casino has not yet revealed its plans to reopen.
Reopening dates for the other six casinos in Pennsylvania will be established based on Gov. Tom Wolf’s county-by-county plan to phase in business openings.
The Gaming Control Board said overall gaming revenue was down 79% in May compared to May 2019. Tax revenue from all forms of gaming in May was nearly $25.8 million.
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