With land-based gaming options unavailable during the entire month of
April, Pennsylvania operators saw a substantial increase in activity
through online options for casino type games. April revenue for online
casino-type games, which include slot machines, table games and poker
jumped 73% over the previous month of March.
The biggest increase was within the slot machine segment in which
revenue more than doubled going from $12,969,655 in March to $27,324,955
in April. Other available games during the Coronavirus shutdown include
online sports wagering and fantasy contests.
Closures of all Pennsylvania casinos and video gaming terminals in
mid-March continued through all of April due to mandated restrictions to
protect citizens from the Covid-19 virus. Overall gaming revenue was
down 84% in April of this year compared to April 2019. Tax revenue from
all forms of gaming in April 2020 was $18,334,503.
The Board has posted separate reports for these types of gaming on its website, https://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov/