No Slowing Down For US Online Casinos In May

The popularity of legal online casino gaming appears to be here to stay. While land-based casinos in many parts of the US are back to normal operations, that doesn’t seem to affect the viability of mobile casino gaming.

Both New Jersey and Pennsylvania cleared $100 million in online casino revenue in May, with Pennsylvania hitting that monthly milestone for the first time.

Michigan posted its best month yet for online casino revenue, putting the state’s online casinos on pace to generate just under $900 million by the end of the year. This month’s online casino roundup takes a look at the nation’s top three markets for May 2021:

New Jersey Online Casino Revenue May 2021

Retail OperatorOnline SkinsMay 2021 RevenueMonth-To-Month ChangeYTD RevenueYear-Over-Year Change
Borgata Hotel CasinoBorgata, BetMGM, PartyCasino, Pala Casino$32,786,396-0.1%$156,199,321+146.9%
Golden Nugget Atlantic CityGolden Nugget, Stardust, SugarHouse, TwinSpires$31,098,654
Resorts Digital GamingResorts, Mohegan Sun, PokerStars Casino, DraftKings Casino$21,551,837+9.9%$105,181,550+46.8%
Caesars InteractiveCaesars, Harrah’s, 888 Casino, WynnBET,$9,160,362-0.4%$44,056,237
Tropicana Casino & ResortTropicana, Virgin Casino, William Hill $6,356,778-13.1%$34,477,035+32.4%
Hard Rock Atlantic CityHard Rock, Unibet, Bet365$6,093,728
Ocean Casino ResortOcean Online Casino, Parx Casino$1,122,803

The land-based casinos of Atlantic City finally got the green light to return to full capacity on May 19. Does a return to normalcy for retail casino properties spell the end of the online casino boom for New Jersey?

The May 2021 revenue numbers from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement certainly don’t indicate a slump for mobile casino gaming. New Jersey’s online casinos posted $108,170,558 in May revenue, marking the second-highest monthly total in the history of the industry.

The Borgata license (Borgata, BetMGM, PartyCasino, Pala Casino) topped the charts for monthly market share for the third consecutive month. The Golden Nugget license (Golden Nugget, Stardust, SugarHouse, TwinSpires) resided in that spot for years, but now the battle for New Jersey’s top license is playing out as a two-way race.

Betfair Casino, a long-running major player in the New Jersey market, was rebranded as Stardust Casino in April. May marked the first full month for the Stardust brand in the Garden State.

Overall online casino revenue went over the $527 million mark for 2021, a 56.1% increase year-over-year versus 2020.

Pennsylvania Online Casino Revenue May 2021

Retail OperatorOnline SkinsMay 2021 RevenueMonth-To-Month ChangeYTD RevenueYear-Over-Year Change
Penn National Hollywood CasinoDraftKings Casino,
Hollywood Casino, BetMGM
Rivers Casino PhiladelphiaSugarHouse, BetRivers$27,012,007+1.4%
Valley Forge Casino ResortFanDuel Casino, Stardust$16,278,475
Mount Airy Casino ResortPokerStars Casino$6,312,909
Parx CasinoParx Casino$3,943,662
Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet$1,948,354-15.5%$12,589,702+167.0%
Harrah’s PhiladelphiaCaesars$1,776,744+12.5%
Wind Creek BethlehemWind Creek Casino$1,178,084+81.9%$4,426,186
Presque Isle Down and CasinoTwinSpires$812,821
Live! Casino PhiladelphiaPlayLive! Casino$648,424-2.9%$2,626,458N/A

Pennsylvania’s retail casinos got the option of returning to 100% capacity on Memorial Day. Much like New Jersey, it appears that decision doesn’t lead to a negative correlation with the popularity of online casinos.

Online casinos in the Keystone State reached an all-time high in May, generating $101,251,771 in gross revenue. May 2021 marked the first time that Pennsylvania’s mobile casino apps cleared $100 million in monthly revenue.

The Penn National Hollywood license stands as the only operator in the state with the maximum of three online casino skins under its umbrella. Those three platforms (DraftKings Casino PA, BetMGM, Hollywood Casino) boost Penn National into the top market share spot by operator in Pennsylvania.

Rivers Casino (BetRivers, SugarHouse) and Valley Forge (FanDuel Casino, Stardust Casino) also offer some of the most popular platforms in the Pennsylvania online casino market.

Year-to-date revenue is up to nearly $450 million in 2021, an increase of 190.6% year-over-year. You can view the monthly revenue reports from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board here.

Michigan Online Casino Revenue May 2021

Retail OperatorOnline SkinsMay 2021 RevenueMonth-to-Month ChangeYTD Revenue
MGM Grand DetroitBetMGM$36,089,904
MotorCity Casino HotelFanDuel Casino
Bay Mills Indian CommunityDraftKings Casino
Little River Band of Ottawa IndiansBetRivers$5,979,680
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa IndiansWynnBET$3,896,204
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa IndiansPokerStars Casino$3,461,571
Keweenaw Bay Indian CommunityGolden Nugget $3,451,673
Greektown Casino HotelBarstool Casino$3,018,526
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi IndiansFour Winds Casino$1,649,979
Hannahville Indian CommunityTwinSpires $1,380,423-12.3%$6,041,656
Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa IndiansPointsBet Casino$612,361
Gun Lake Band of Pottawatomi Indians$455,805+181.2%
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa IndiansWilliam Hill Casino$274,827

Online casino gaming continues to exceed all expectations in Michigan. May marked another all-time high for monthly online casino revenue in the Great Lakes State.

Michigan’s 13 mobile casino apps generated $89,064,106 in adjusted revenue in May. Monthly revenue has hovered between $88 million and $90 million in three consecutive months, a sign that the state’s online casinos are emerging as a reliable revenue source for both operators and the state from a tax collection perspective.

BetMGM Michigan has broken out as the clear leader in the Michigan online casino market. Combined revenue from online casinos is already at the $369,371,808 mark in 2021, with BetMGM accounting for 38.3% of that total.

FanDuel Casino Michigan, DraftKings Casino Michigan, at BetRivers are also popular choices for Michigan players, with the state proving itself as one of the nation’s top online gambling hubs right out the gate since the January 2021 launch of iGaming platforms.

May revenue generated $18.1 million in state gaming taxes. The monthly revenue reports from the Michigan Gaming Control Board can be viewed here.

About the Author

Geoff Fisk

Geoff Fisk

Geoff Fisk is a San Diego-based freelance writer, specializing in the poker and gambling industries. He’s written for numerous platforms and has traveled the globe as a live poker tournament reporter. Geoff is an avid sports fan, but poker is his passion.
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