Surge In Revenue For US Online Casinos

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Published by Julia Attard on July 31, 2020 in Industry News

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With the recent boost, the online casino industry is experiencing In the first half of 2020, the US online casinos’ GGR is expected to surpass the gross revenue declared for all of 2019. Whilst in 2019, the US online casino GGR was $500m, it is predicted that $1.4bn will be declared for the year 2020. The forced nationwide closures for land-based casinos contributed to the recent surge.

Whilst US landbased casinos have started to open their doors again, it is interesting to see whether the boost will be at the same pace or not.


New Jersey Online Casinos

During the past few months, with major casino in Atlantic City closing their doors, online casinos experienced a significant boost (over $80mm) when compared to the same period last year. Golden Nugget which houses brands such as Betfair and SugarHouse reported a $291.1mm in revenue.

Below you will find a comparison of revenue for June 2019 and June 2020 as registered by leading NJ casinos.


NJ Casinos June 2020 June 2019 Difference Year on Year
Borgata $16,897,329 $6,034,158 180.03%
Caesars $8,790,476 $4,965,653 77.03%
Golden Nugget $29,149,825 $13,599,416 114.35%
Hard Rock $5,784,154 $2,420,374 138.98%
Ocean Resort $1,046,253 $356,790 129.84%
Resorts $17,196,550 $6,927,140 148.25%
Tropicana $6,048,560 $3,754,713 61.09%
TOTALS $84,913,147 $38,058,244 123.11%


For a detailed review on gambling in New Jersey, check out our NJ casinos and gambling guide.


Pennsylvania Online Casinos

At the point of writing this article, 10 from 13 of PA casinos were awarded online casino licensure and 8 of those have gone live. The list includes Parx, Hollywood, Rivers, Mt.Airy, Mohegan, Presque Isle, Valley Forge and Harrah’s. 

When comparing figures from May 2020 and June 2020, the majority of PA online casinos suffered losses as can be seen below:


PA Casinos June 2020 May 2020 Difference Year on Year
Penn National $10,716,457 $10,243,540 8.10%
Parx $6,782,791 $7,573,557 -7.46%
Rivers Phildelphia $17,703,400 $20,518,557 -10.48%
Mount Airy $11,366,258 $16,209,007 -27.54%
Mohegan $6,998,931 $7,420,155 -2.53%
Presque Isla $500,539 $138,548 273.32%
Valley Forge $8,336,277 $8,592,430 0.25%
Caesars $760,553 $931,315 -15.61%
TOTALS $63,165,156 $71,626,792 -8.87%


BetRivers/ SugarHouse registered the highest Net Revenue generated from slots with a share of 36%. Whilst FanDuel registered the highest Net Revenue generated from online tables with a share of 31%. Both BetRivers and FanDuel have been registering the highest revenue shares of the market for the past 3 months.

Check out our dedicated PA Online Casinos page for more information related to gambling in Pennsylvania.


Notable Changes in State Gambling Regulations

  • On July 15th, online casinos became legal in West Virginia with DraftKings being the first to launch. Similar to the WV sports betting framework, the West Virginia online casinos framework will have the 5 land-based casinos appointed as the primary licensees. This means that each brand can launch a maximum of 3 online casinos.
  • Sports Betting may soon be legal in Massachusetts with the legalisation of sports betting proposed in the $459 million economic development passed by the Massachusetts House.


For more information on gambling in the US, check out our Top US Online Casinos page where you can find detailed general industry information as well as information per state by using the interactive map at the top of the page.

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