Legal US Online Casinos Break Records in August 2020

The resumption of business for land-based casinos appears to have no negative effect on mobile casinos in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Both states realized record-setting monthly revenue figures in August 2020, as the popularity of legal online gambling continues to gain.

Annual revenue crossed the half-billion mark for the year in New Jersey, while Pennsylvania’s online casino market appears to have hit its stride just over a year after launch. New Jersey and Pennsylvania combined stand at over $861 million in online casino revenue in 2020.

That figure could go over the $1 billion milestone when September’s revenue figures post, as the upward trend for legal online gambling in the US shows no signs of slowing down.

New Jersey Online Casino Revenue August 2020*

Retail OperatorOnline SkinsAugust 2020 RevenueMonth-Over-Month ChangeYTD RevenueYear-Over-Year Change
Golden Nugget Atlantic CityGolden Nugget, Betfair, SugarHouse, BetAmerica$27,650,249



-12.2%



$209,265,713


+92.8%


Borgata Hotel CasinoBorgata, BetMGM, PartyCasino, Pala Casino$19,028,235+31.7%$108,731,978+158.0%

Resorts Digital GamingResorts, Mohegan Sun, PokerStars Casino, DraftKings Casino$16,916,963


+0.2%


$115,298,635



+117.2%


Caesars InteractiveCaesars, Harrah’s, 888 Casino$7,951,401


+16.1%



$48,944,471



+53.3%


Tropicana Casino & ResortTropicana, Virgin Casino$6,462,633

+4.4%



$44,739,995



+49.6%


Hard Rock Atlantic CityHard Rock, Unibet, Bet365$6,001,838


+7.0%



$35,901,003


+148.4%


Ocean Casino ResortOcean Online Casino, Parx Casino$726,646


-40.1%



$6,779,631


+99.0%


Totals$84,737,965+2.5%$569,661,426+101.0%

*Revenue figures do not include online poker.

Another All-Time High For NJ Online Casinos

Monthly revenue for New Jersey’s online casinos broke records for the second straight month. The five months from April through August 2020 now stand as the top five revenue-earning months in the history of New Jersey’s legal online casino industry.

August 2020 revenue sits atop that list, with mobile casinos bringing in $84,737,965. That figure represents a 2.5% increase over July, which held the previous record at just over $82.67 million.

Land-based casinos in Atlantic City reopened July 2. That hasn’t stopped state-regulated online casinos from posting back-to-back record monthly revenue figures, as mobile gaming continues to realize unprecedented success.

Borgata posted the biggest gains of any online casino operator in August, with skins under its license realizing a 31.7% gain in month-over-month revenue. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement revenue numbers for August can be viewed here.

New Jersey Online Poker Revenue August 2020

Retail OperatorOnline SkinsAugust 2020 RevenueMonth-Over-Month ChangeYTD RevenueYear-Over-Year Change
Caesars InteractiveWSOP, 888$1,313,066


-53.5%



$12,309,168




+100.7%


Resorts Digital GamingPokerStars NJ$971,811

-15.2%


$9,491,356


+95.7%



Borgata Hotel CasinoBorgata, partypoker NJ, BetMGM, Pala Poker$750,126

-11.3%

$6,513,146


+89.2%


Totals$3,035,003
-37.0%
$25,278,667+96.2%

NJ Online Poker Revenue Dips With WSOP Completed

Online poker in New Jersey is still performing well when compared to 2019, but August 2020 saw revenue take a significant drop against the previous month. Overall revenue for New Jersey’s trio of online poker operators fell 37% from July, as August totals ended up at $3,035,003.

July’s revenue figures enjoyed a boost from the WSOP Online Bracelet Events series, which offered New Jersey players the chance to compete for WSOP bracelets throughout July. With that series wrapped up, WSOP operator Caesars Interactive saw August revenue cut 53.5%.

Online poker in New Jersey has earned  $25,278,667 in 2020 revenue, however, marking a 96.2% gain in year-to-date revenue versus 2019.

Pennsylvania Online Casino Revenue August 2020*

Retail OperatorOnline SkinsAugust 2020 RevenueMonth-Over-Month ChangeYTD Revenue
Rivers Casino PhiladelphiaSugarHouse, BetRivers$17,141,834


+10.9%


$93,945,490

Valley Forge Casino ResortFanDuel Casino$8,710,564


+3.6%


$54,590,073


Parx CasinoParx Casino$7,450,881


+0.3%


$38,781,763


Penn National DraftKings CasinoDraftKings Casino$6,560,733



+22.9%



$19,802,095



Penn National Hollywood CasinoHollywood Casino$5,231,085


-3.4%



$33,254,291


Mount Airy Casino ResortPokerStars Casino$4,128,725


-21.6%



$30,935,272

Mohegan Sun PoconoUnibet$2,993,167



+4.8%


$14,926,424


Harrah’s PhiladelphiaCaesars$724,480


-12.9%


$3,479,677


Wind Creek BethlehemWind Creek Casino$213,648

+520.8%


$248,062



Presque Isle Down and CasinoBetAmerica$33,117


-89.9%

$1,712,974


Live! Casino PhiladelphiaPlayLive! Casino$25,091N/A$25,091
Totals$53,213,325
+3.6%$291,666,798

*Revenue figures do not include online poker.

PA Joins NJ With Record-High August Revenue

Much like New Jersey, online casino revenue doesn’t seem to be affected by land-based counterparts going back in business. Pennsylvania online casinos posted $53,213,325 in August revenue, breaking the previous record-high mark of $51.3 million set in July.

Rivers Casino continues its reign as the top online casino operator in the state, with its PlaySugarHouse and BetRivers brands powering a yearly revenue total that will likely go over the $100 million mark in September.

Penn National Gaming’s DraftKings Casino skin continues to move up the ranks of Pennsylvania’s online casinos, enjoying a new high of $6,560,733 in August revenue. FanDuel Casino ($8,710,564) and Parx Casino ($7,450,881) kept their respective operators in the second and third spots in the August revenue race, as the Pennsylvania market remains competitive.

The August 2020 revenue reports from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board can be seen here.

Pennsylvania Online Poker Revenue August 2020

Retail OperatorOnline SkinAugust 2020 RevenueMonth-Over-Month ChangeYTD Revenue
Mount Airy Casino ResortPokerStars PA$2,729,199
-8.6%
$25,926,978

Online poker lost a bit of momentum in August, with PokerStars PA realizing an 8.6% drop in revenue. Pennsylvania’s only state-regulated online poker operator took in record earning in April and May 2020, but those numbers have dropped off in the summer months.

August marked the fourth straight declining month for PokerStars PA, which brought in $2,729,199 in revenue. Overall, PokerStars PA has brought in nearly $26 million in revenue for 2020.

Delaware Online Casino Revenue August 2020

Online OperatorOnline SkinsAugust 2020 RevenueMonth-Over-Month ChangeYTD RevenueYear-Over-Year Change
888 CasinoDelaware Park, Dover Downs, Harrington$754,039

+17.28%
$5,224,841

+153.57%

Delaware Online Poker Revenue August 2020

Online OperatorOnline SkinsAugust 2020 RevenueMonth-Over-Month ChangeYTD RevenueYear-Over-Year Change
888 PokerDelaware Park, Dover Downs, Harrington$54,584
-12.81%
$472,774
+141.88%

Online casino revenue bounced back a bit from July to August for Delaware’s 888 Casino platform. The state’s sole online casino took in $754,039 in August, up 17.3% versus July 2020. Online poker revenue dipped, however, losing 12.8% compared to July.

The August revenue figures from the Delaware Lottery are available here. Overall, annual revenue for both online casino gaming and poker are up big year-over-year in 2020 for Delaware’s trio of online skins.

About the Author

Geoff Fisk

Geoff Fisk is a San Diego-based 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’s interests include the legal online poker industry in the U.S. and abroad.