The United States Igaming Revenue Report — September 2022

October 21, 2022 7:26 AM
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  • Deke Castleman, CDC Gaming Reports
October 21, 2022 7:26 AM
  • Deke Castleman, CDC Gaming Reports
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia

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.

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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.

2. Michigan

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.

3. Pennsylvania

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.

5. Connecticut

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.

6. Delaware

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.