Online sports betting options boost Pennsylvania Super Bowl wagering

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The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has published preliminary figures showing $53,634,680 was wagered in the Commonwealth on last weekend’s Super Bowl through retail and online sportsbooks. That was a 74% increase over wagers placed on the game last year.

After payouts, revenue is expected to be $9,418,535 following a negative revenue amount from 2020 Super Bowl wagering.

This was the third year in which legal sports wagering was available in the state for the big game, but just the second in which online wagering options were available. This year, patrons were able to place Super Bowl wagers at 15 retail locations and through 12 online wagering sites. Those numbers last year were 12 and eight respectively.

The sports wagering handle and revenue is as follows with comparisons to wagering on the 2020 game:

Super Bowl Handle Retail 2021 $6,137,478
Super Bowl Handle Retail 2020 $6,728,544
Super Bowl Handle Online 2021 $47,497,202
Super Bowl Handle Online 2020 $24,035,942
Total Super Bowl Handle 2021 $53,634,680
Total Super Bowl Handle 2020 $30,693,942
Super Bowl Revenue Retail 2021 -$24,264
Super Bowl Revenue Retail 2020 -$450,894
Super Bowl Revenue Online 2021 $9,418,535
Super Bowl Revenue Online 2020 -$2,840,675
Total Super Bowl Revenue 2021 $9,394,271
Total Super Bowl Revenue 2020 -$3,334,787

The Board also reports that there were 320,000 unique users that logged onto online sports wagering sites in Pennsylvania on Super Bowl Sunday based on data it obtained from geolocation technology service GeoComply.

Figures from last year’s Super Bowl Sunday were 200,000 unique visitors to Pennsylvania regulated sports wagering websites. These figures do not include patrons who were visiting and wagering at any of the retail sports wagering locations in the Commonwealth.

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