An overview of igaming revenue in New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Connecticut, and Delaware, the six states where online gambling is legal in the U.S.
Total igaming revenue for September 2022 in New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Connecticut, and Delaware added up to $412.5 million, a generous increase of 20% over September 2021’s $329.9 million.
1. New Jersey
Online casino gambling in the Garden State garnered $135.2 million, a full 9.4% over September 2021’s $122.6 million, which set a record for igaming revenue at the time and was nearly 40% higher than September 2020’s $87.6 million. In a mere two years, New Jersey’s igaming revenue has leaped a smidgeon more than 35%.
Borgata/BetMGM led the pack once again with $41.1 million, an increase of 7.1% year over year, while Resorts Digital edged into second place for the first time, earning $34.19 million, a notable 17.3% rise from September 2021’s $28.3 million. Golden Nugget Online Gaming’s $34.16 million came in a close third, but third nonetheless, a 9% increase over last year’s $31.1 million.
Thanks to the higher revenues, New Jersey collected $20.2 million in online-gambling taxes in September, a commensurate 8.5% year-over-year increase.
Michigan’s online casinos produced $128.7 million in September, 20.5% higher than September 2021’s $102.4, which set a record at the time. Michigan dropped a bit in the state rankings, falling behind New Jersey by $6.5 million, after nipping at its heels last month with barely a half-million-dollar difference. But is still holds a solid second place.
BetMGM remains the board leader with $41.6 million, up only 2.5% year over year, but up all the same and more than double the total of second-place Motor City (FanDuel) at $20.2 million and third-place Bay Mills (DraftKings) at $19.7 million, year-over-year increases of 23.2% and 9.5%, respectively.
Michigan’s 14 online casino operators paid $24 million in total taxes, of which $6.3 million went to the city of Detroit and $2.8 million was paid to the various tribal governments; the other $14.9 million was collected by the state.
Revenue from igaming was $112.7 million in September, an increase of 15.2% over September 2021’s $97.8 million.
Total revenue from online slots, $77.9 million, was a year-over-year increase of 12%, while online table games jumped from $26.3 million in September 2021 to $32.2 million (18.5%). Online poker’s $2.7 million registered a 6.9% drop from last year’s $2.9 million, itself a 9.4% decrease from September 2020’s $3.2 million.
Hollywood Casino at Penn National generated the most igaming revenue in September, $48.6 million, followed by Rivers Casino Philadelphia with $26.1 million and Valley Forge Casino with $19.6 million.
Pennsylvania scored $47.6 million in igaming taxes in September, a significant 12.5% over 2021’s $41.7 million.
4. West Virginia
The Mountain State’s igaming revenue for September was $10.3 million. It was a whopping 40% higher than September 2021’s total of $6.2 million, a record at the time, but because West Virginia reports revenue figures weekly, the monthly totals are never an apples-to-apples comparison. For example, August 2022’s total was $10.8 million, but that was for a full 35 days (July 30-September 30), while September’s reporting period was for 30. The weekly average revenue was $2.6 million in September and $2.2 million in August.
Connecticut’s two main online-casino operators, DraftKings and FanDuel, in September earned $14.8 million and $9.5 million, respectively; the combined $24.3 million set a new revenue record, 6.2% over the previous record of $22.8 million set in April. It was also the first time DraftKings surpassed the $14 million mark since igaming launched in October 2021.
The two remote-gambling giants paid $3.4 million in taxes to the Constitution State in September. Year-over-year numbers won’t kick in until November’s results.
Delaware’s online casinos generated $1.3 million in revenue in September, a 39% year-over-year increase and the eighth month in a row of seven-figure wins.
Online video lottery (slot) games once again accounted for the lion’s share of income at $1.05 million, up 36% from last year’s total, while table games generated $238,196, a whopping 60% jump from September 2021’s $95,625. Online poker also rose, but by a more consistent amount, earning $28,679, an increase of 5.4% year over year.