Virginia’s July Sports Betting Revenues Make It 10th State to Pass $11B in Handle

Virginia’s sports bettors totaled $293 million in wagers in July, the last traditionally quiet summer month before the kick off of the NFL season.

From that just-shy of $300 million in bets, the 16 operators saw $27 million in adjusted revenues for a hold of 11.1%, according to the latest figures from the Virginia Lottery Board.

Overall, online sportsbooks saw their handle up 10% year-on-year, but down 8.8% on June’s $325 million in total wagers.

Tax Implications and Revenue Distribution

Virginia’s sports betting regulations mandate a 15% tax on the total AGR. For July, this translated to a tax revenue that was 4.3% higher than June, and a significant 25.6% increase compared to July 2022.

The distribution of this tax revenue is split between the state’s general fund (97.5%) and the Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund Allocation (2.5%). For July, the general fund received an allocation of $4 million, while the Problem Gambling fund was allocated $102,880.45.

In comparison, June’s tax revenue saw the general fund receiving $3,841,208.48 and the Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund Allocation getting $98,492.53, totaling $3.9 million. Cumulatively, for 2023, Virginia sports betting has generated impressive tax revenue exceeding $38.5 million.

Online sports betting dominated retail betting in Virginia in July, as is reflected nationally. However, despite — or maybe because of — being the state’s sole retail book, Hard Rock Bet at the temporary Hard Rock Bristol Casino did quite well. It accounted for 1.1% of the total handle, with $2.162 million in bets wagered during the month.

Operators and New Entrants

The Virginia Lottery’s report for July highlighted that 12 of the state’s sportsbook operators reported a net positive AGR, contributing to a total tax payment of $4.1 million. The remaining four operators, which reported negative AGRs, did not contribute to the tax revenue for the month.

Other than that, the state regulator does not reveal operator-by-operator statistics. Nationally, FanDuel and DraftKings dominate the scene, so a similar trend could be expected in Virginia.

One operator who won’t have been in July’s report, but will be in September’s future release, is Jake Paul- backed sportsbook Betr. The microbetting-focused sportsbook app finally debuted in Virginia this week after securing a license six months ago.

Its launch was delayed after regulators questioned why Paul didn’t declare an ongoing Securities and Exchange Commission filing against him at the time Betr was granted a license. The Lottery Board subsequently fined Betr $25,000.

It will be hoping its launch in Virginia won’t see it join one of the four sportsbooks that reported a negative AGR for the month. However, based on its last-place performance in Paul’s home state of Ohio in July, it could be tough for the new market entrant.

There are currently no more license slots for online sportsbooks in Virginia. But at least one more (and potentially two more) retail betting spaces could open up in 2024. Caesars Entertainment’s high-performing temporary venue in Danville will be replaced by a permanent Caesars Virginia Resort with an on-site Caesars Sportsbook next year, and a long-planned casino in state capital Richmond is also slated to feature a sportsbook.

Pennsylvania Has Solid July With $467 Million In Total Revenue

In its latest report, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) revealed that the combined total revenue generated from all forms of gaming during July was $467.04 million. That includes income from:

  • Slot machines
  • Table games
  • Internet gaming
  • Sports betting
  • Fantasy contests
  • Video gaming terminals (VGTs)

Online gambling revenue in Pennsylvania throughout July was $132.86 million, a yearly increase but a monthly drop.

Total tax revenue generated collectively through all forms of gaming and fantasy contests was $192.0 million during July 2023.

Pennsylvania’s online casino apps took in more money from players in FY 2022/23 than in any previous fiscal year. 

Pennsylvania gaming revenue reaches $467 million in total

Twenty Pennsylvania casinos collected $467,043,707 in total gaming revenue in July, a 6% monthly increase from $440,491,675 collected in June. July’s revenue figure is also an 8.85% yearly improvement compared to revenue generated in July 2022.

The best-performing Pennsylvania casinos throughout July 2023 were:

  1. Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course: $70,085,180
  2. Parx Casino: $56,108,246
  3. Valley Forge Casino Resort: $54,642,48

While Hollywood Casino and Valley Forge Casino showed a yearly increase of 25.62% and 32.07%, respectively, Parx Casino reported a 0.48% yearly drop.

PA online gambling revenue increases yearly, drops monthly

There are currently 10 online casino operators in the Keystone State that compiled $132,859,997 during July. The number is a 35% yearly increase from $98.57 million in July last year. However, it is a 19% monthly drop from the $164.3 million generated in June.

The top three PA operators in July were:

  1. Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course: $54,392,661
  2. Valley Forge Casino Resort: $29,221,202
  3. Rivers Casino Philadelphia: $26,825,080

Tax revenue generated from internet gaming play during July 2023 was $57.30 million.

PA sports betting revenue in July decreased from June

PA licensed sportsbooks won more than $32 million in total revenue during July 2023. The figure is a slight monthly decrease from June 2023’s $33.8 million. At the same time, the taxable revenue figure for July 2023 is a 26% yearly improvement compared to July 2022, when taxable revenue was $25.44 million.

In July 2023, the total sports betting handle was $338.45 million or 0.58% above the July 2022 total of $336.51 million.

Pennsylvania reported a record fiscal year 2022/23

Last month, the PGCB reported record tax revenue for the state for fiscal year 2022-23 of $2.3 billion.

Gaming revenue reached a record $5.5 billion, a 9% increase from 2021-2022’s previous record-high figures. Nearly $2.45 billion in revenue came from slot machines, while $974.0 million came from table game revenue. FY 2022/23 was the state’s second highest-performing fiscal year for slot machine revenue, after FY 2011/12’s $2.47 billion.

Pennsylvania’s online gaming sector of $1.53 billion also increased by 24% from the previous fiscal year.