Retail and online sports betting lifted Pennsylvania casino profits in December

Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono was among the casinos that saw a revenue increase in December. (File photo) –

Total revenue was up at Pennsylvania’s casinos last month.

The state Gaming Control Board reported that revenue was up 3.4 percent over total revenue in December of 2018, with casinos that added retail and online sports betting leading the revenue jump.

Total casino revenue was $292 million for the month as compared to $282.25 in December 2018. Of that, casino sportsbooks brought in $17.5 million.

Overall revenue includes money from slot machines, table games, internet gaming, retail and internet sports wagering, fantasy contests and video gaming terminals.

The largest increase, by far, was at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia. The casino, which is among those with sports betting, saw a 47.2 percent increase over the prior December, jumping from $15.13 million to $16.68 million.

Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono, which also added sports betting late last year, saw an increase 15.18 percent, $15.3 million to $17.42 million.

Wind Creek Casino Resort in Bethlehem, which does not offer sports betting, still had a modest over-year increase of .34 percent, going from $43.5 million to $43.6.

Some casinos did see a decrease, including Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Dauphin County, which saw a 5.7 percent decrease from $21.9 million in December 2018 to $20.7 million in December 2019.

Mount Airy launches online poker, gaming and sports betting

Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono. (File photo) –

Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono has joined the growing list of casinos in Pennsylvania to offer gaming and sports betting online. It has also become the first casino to offer regulated cash poker games online.

The resort launched a partnership with Fox Bet, which will allow in-state residents to make sports wagers and PokerStars, a gaming platform, to have online poker and other gaming options such as slots, roulette and black jack.

Through its partnership with Mount Airy, Fox Bet is the only operator to offer online poker, gaming and sports bets.

The online games and wagering became available at www.starsmtairycasino.com Monday afternoon.

“We’re constantly investing in our player experience, and in 2019 that means going beyond brick and mortar improvements to bring customers one of the most exciting gaming options available,” said Todd Greenberg, COO and general manager at Mount Airy Casino Resort. “Through strategic partnerships like our affiliation with PokerStars, Mount Airy is committed to offering the most cutting-edge gaming experience possible.”

In-casino wagering began last month at the casino with a soft opening, but the casino plans a grand opening celebration of its sports book on Saturday.