Pennsylvania’s retail and online sportsbooks took a sizable amount of handle directly as a result of betting on Sunday’s Super Bowl final, but returned all of it to bettors and more according to figures released this week by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board.
Preliminary figures show $30.7m was wagered in the Commonwealth on this past weekend’s Super Bowl through retail and online sportsbooks and payouts of just over $34m. The net result was a loss of revenue to operators of over $3.3m.
This was the second year in which legal sports wagering was available in Pennsylvania for the Super Bowl, but the first in which online wagering options were available. Last year, the sports wagering market consisted of only six retail outlets. This year, patrons could choose to place Super Bowl wagers at a dozen retail locations and through eight online wagering sites.
A breakdown of the Board’s figures shows that Super Bowl handle for retail was $6,728,544, with online handle reaching $24,035,942. Total Super Bowl handle was $30,693,942. Retail showed a loss of $450,894, while online slipped to a $2,840,675 loss. In total, retail and online sportsbooks were hit with a $3,334,787 loss.
The Board also reported that almost 200,000 persons logged onto online sports wagering sites in Pennsylvania based on data it obtained of the number of unique users on the websites. This is in addition to patrons who were visiting and wagering at the retail locations. Figures from previous NFL Sundays show the number of unique visitors on the Pennsylvania sports wagering websites was closer to 100,000.