The United States Igaming Revenue Report — March 2021

April 20, 2021 8:12 PM
  • Deke Castleman, CDC Gaming Reports
April 20, 2021 8:12 PM
  • Deke Castleman, CDC Gaming Reports

An overview of igaming revenue in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, West Virginia, and Delaware, the five states where online gambling is legal in the U.S.

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Total igaming revenue for March 2021 in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, and Michigan added up to $311.6 million, 18.9% more than February’s $253 million.

1. New Jersey

New Jersey saw a substantial rise in igaming revenue due to the three extra days in the month and set a new record of $114 million, up 20% from February. Compared to January’s $103.7 million, March’s figure was up 9%. Online poker was $2.7 million, up 7.5%, to erase February’s 7.5% drop from $2.7 million in January.

For the first time, Borgata took over as New Jersey’s number-one internet casino, with $36.2 million in revenue, up 29% over February’s $25.7 million. Golden Nugget Online Gaming switched places with Borgata, with $31.8 million, up 12.3% month over month.

New Jersey collected $17.1 million in in online-gaming taxes in March, up 18% over February’s $14 million.

2. Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s igaming revenue for March 2021 set another revenue record. It rose from $78 million in the short month of February to $97.7 million in the long month of March, an increase of nearly 21%. Compared to the $80.4 million in revenue over the 31 days in January, the more apples-to-apples increase was a still-significant 18%. In addition, it was a nearly 300% increase year over year.

Total revenue from online slots came in at $66 million, up 14.3% from February’s $50.6 million, while table games produced $29 million, up 15% from February’s $24.7 million. Online poker’s $2.4 million was down 4.7% from $2.5 million the previous month.

Penn National Gaming’s nearly $34 million in revenue in March 2021 remained at the top of the heap, up 17.7% over February. Second-place Rivers Casino Philadelphia’s $27 million trounced its February figure of just under $18 million by 33.3%.

Tax revenue generated from February igaming was $40.9 million, up 22.8% from February’s $31.6 million.

3. Michigan

Michigan’s second full month of igaming saw a similarly impressive rise in revenues, coming in at $95.1 million, a 19.3% increase over February’s $79.7 million. For March, the Great Lake State was essentially neck and neck with Pennsylvania, just $2.6 million (2.7%) less, after surpassing the Keystone State last month by $1.9 million.

BetMGM led Michigan’s 11 online casinos with $30.8 million, a 12.7% bump from February’s $26.9 million in igaming revenue and a 32.4% market share. FanDuel and DraftKings placed second and third, respectively, with $18.9 million and $16.6 million in revenue.

The 11 internet casinos paid $12.8 million in state taxes for the month of March.

4. West Virginia

The Mountain State’s igaming revenues also set a new record in March at a little more than $3.9 million, a 14% increase compared to February’s $3.4 million. The state took its 15% privilege tax on the win of $585,000, up 12.9% from February’s $510,000.

5. Delaware

Delaware’s micro igaming market showed a significant gain month over month of 13.4%, with $897,781 in total revenue over February’s $751,291.

Online video lottery (slot) games once again accounted for the lion’s share of income at $681,365, up 12.4% over February’s $597,412. Table games generated $179,705, a major increase of 26.2% over February’s $114,684. Poker revenue fell again, this time to $36,711, down 6.4% from the $39,193 of the previous shortened month.